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Politifact examines claims by Clinton and Trump

Posted: 10:47 PM, Mar 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-18 02:47:59Z

Hillary Clinton is slamming Bernie Sanders on climate change while Donald Trump takes aim at one of his protesters. Politifact examines both claims on the Truth-O-Meter.

"The Clean Power Plan is something that Sen. Sanders has said he would delay implementing, which makes absolutely no sense," Clinton said at the last Democratic debate.

She said Sanders would delay President Barack Obama's plan to fight climate change.

But our Politifact experts disagree with her claim.

“What we found is that Bernie Sanders has never said he wants to delay implementing this law, he’s actually been very supportive of it,”Politifact editor Katie Sanders said.

Bernie Sanders has said he wants the law to go further, and experts say that could take longer to put in place.
That means Politifact rates Hillary Clinton's claim as FALSE.

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Meanwhile, the other big winner this week was Donald Trump, who took aim at one of his protestors. On last week's "Meet the Press," Trump told moderator Chuck Todd that a man who rushed at him at a rally in Dayton, Ohio has ties to the Islamic State.

“No, excuse me, you didn't see the clip. He was playing Arabic music, he was dragging the flag along the ground, and he had Internet chatter with ISIS and about ISIS. So I don't know if he was or not. But all we did was put out what he had on his Internet,” Trump told Todd.

That protester, Thomas DMassino, 22 of Fairborn, Ohio, was arrested by police. So is Trump's claim backed up by facts?

“This was kind of clearly the work of a prankster, someone not related to DiMassimo. We even talked with experts and asked them if they thought he had ISIS ties, they said it’s pretty clear this guy did not have ISIS ties or the government would not have released him,” Katie Sanders.

Politifact's ruling on Trump claim: FALSE

That protester was charged this week in federal court.