GOP Rep. McClain falsely claimed that Trump caught Osama bin Laden. The Al Qaeda leader was killed during the first Obama administration, when Trump was still hosting a game show.

https://www.businessinsider.com/gop-congresswoman-wrongly-claims-trump-caught-bin-laden-obama-did-2022-4

U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) speaks at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump on April 02, 2022 near Washington, Michigan. Trump is in Michigan to promote his America First agenda and is expected to voice his support of Matthew DePerno, who is running for the Michigan Republican party's nomination for state attorney general, and Kristina Karamo, who is running for the party's nomination for secretary of state.

U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) speaks at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump on April 02, 2022 near Washington, Michigan. Scott Olson/Getty Images

  • Rep. Lisa McClain wrongly claimed Osama bin Laden was caught during the Trump administration.
  • Bin Laden was killed during a 2011 raid under the Obama administration. 
  • McClain also falsely claimed unemployment is at a 40 year high, calling the Biden administration “weak.”

Michigan Congresswoman Lisa McClain falsely claimed during a Saturday campaign rally that Osama bin Laden had been caught by the Trump administration.

“Well, President Trump was in office. We didn’t have a war and I think he made three peace treaties,” McClain said during her speech. “Caught Osama – Osama bin Laden and Soleimani, Al Baghdadi. And this President is weak. And I’ll tell you weakness breeds aggression. We need strength.”

Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a leader of ISIS, were both killed during military operations completed during the Trump administration.

The 2011 raid that killed bin Laden, however, was conducted during President Barack Obama’s first term in office. Joe Biden was serving as vice president at the time. Trump was hosting “The Apprentice” – a reality/game show on NBC.

During her remarks, McClain also said unemployment is at a “40-year high” while there is “a labor shortage.” 

The current unemployment rate is 3.8%, down from a record of 14.7% during the height of the pandemic and lower than it has been for most of the last 20 years.

McClain’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

3 thoughts on “GOP Rep. McClain falsely claimed that Trump caught Osama bin Laden. The Al Qaeda leader was killed during the first Obama administration, when Trump was still hosting a game show.

    1. Hello Nan. When the leader of New Zealand was asked why they did not have the far right backlash to their covid response measures and she replied that they never let Murdock set up a propaganda network there. So much of the US misinformation comes from Rush Limbaugh and Fox then their clones. Then you got the leaders on the right to keep repeating that anything they disagreed with was fake new, just lies, don’t believe your eyes crap. So the cult believes. and frankly the worst part of the population took over the base of the Republican party. The party glorified and enabled thugs, bullies, and belligerence when electing tRump. What did the base like about him? His in your face never apologize or back down say what ever insult you like and get away with it. Ride rough shod over others and have no consequences. That is the part of the US that got violent at the US capital that the party is trying to pretend did not happen and was only tourist. That propaganda is now excepted as it is in China, Russia, other authoritarian dictatorships frightens me.

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