LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - President Trump addressed thousands at Rupp Arena in Lexington Monday Evening. Our sister station WKYT has reviewed some claims made during the Presidents approximately 80 minute speech.
Claim: Monday was a record high day on Wall Street
This claim is accurate. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, Nasdaq all saw record highs on Monday.
Claim: Kentucky’s Unemployment rate has reached the lowest level in U.S History.
This claim is mostly accurate. Kentucky’s unemployment rate did reach a historic low of 4% in March of 2019, and stayed there through June. The Unemployment rate currently stands at 4.4%. The Federal Bureau of Labor has tracked unemployment numbers since 1976.
Claim: Democrats are attacking Second Amendment Rights
While some Democrats are looking to implement stricter gun control laws, Attorney General Andy Beshear has not shown support for many proposed gun control measures. He has shown support for “red flag laws”, which allow family or police to request that firearms be removed from someone they believe might be a threat to their own safety, or the safety of others. Governor Bevin does not support this measure.
Claim: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath is for open borders.
Looking ahead to 2020, President Trump commented on a potential challenger for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The President was critical of McGrath, claiming she supports open borders. She has strongly opposed President Trump's efforts for a border wall. However, McGrath has repeatedly denied support of open borders, saying she wants the U.S. to know who is entering the country.