Like Taking Candy From a Baby: Trump 'Misstatements' Appear to Have Gone Over Betting Total

Written by:
Gilbert Horowitz
Published on:
Jan/08/2019

If you had the OVER 3.5 on the number of mistruths U.S. President would tell during his highly anticipated address to the nation, you're likely a winner...though nothing official as of Tuesday evening.


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So says Bookmaker.eu, the company that offered this betting prop on the Tuesday night speech.

The official Bookmaker.eu Twitter account tweeted:

Not official—-but 2 minutes in and it looks like Over is the winner

The official number will come from the Washington Post Fact Checker to how many "false statements" were actually made.

Gamblers were quick to chime in.

Fantasy guru and sports writer Benny Ricciardi tweeted:

Easiest fucking money I ever made. #SHIPIT

Now From the Washington Post Fact Checker

Most imported heroin comes through legal points of entry - But while 90 percent of the heroin sold in the United States comes from Mexico, virtually all of it comes through legal points of entry. “A small percentage of all heroin seized by CBP along the land border was between Ports of Entry (POEs),” the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a 2018 report. So Trump’s wall would do little to halt drug trafficking. Trump’s repeated claim that the wall would stop drug trafficking is another Bottomless Pinocchio claim.

“The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.” — President Trump

“The trade deal does not pay for the wall.  This is a Four-Pinocchio claim. During the campaign, Trump more than 200 times promised Mexico would pay for the wall, which the administration says would cost at least $18 billion. Now he says the minor reworking of the North American Free Trade Agreement will earn enough money for pay for the wall. This betrays a misunderstanding of economics. Countries do not “lose” money on trade deficits, so there is no money to earn; the size of a trade deficit or surplus can be determined by other factors besides trade. Congress must still appropriate the money, and the trade agreement has not been ratified.”

Democrats had supported a fence at the border

Trump in his address said that Sen. Charles E. Schumer “has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past along with many other Democrats. They changed their mind only after I was elected.”

Schumer, Hillary Clinton and many other Democrats voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized building a fence along about 700 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico. It passed 283-138 in the House, with 64 Democrat votes, and 80-19 in the Senate, with 26 Democrat votes.

But the fence they voted for is not as substantial as the wall Trump is proposing. Trump himself has called the 2006 fence a “nothing wall.”

The Verdict

We'll have a better idea of the official count and Bookmaker's outcome.  "Fence", "Barrier", Concrete Wall", these terms may not matter much to gamblers if Schumer was more supportive of the idea years back.

- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

 

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