DNC 2020: Joe Biden convention speech fact-checked

Claim 1: “We lead the world in confirmed cases. We lead the world in deaths.”

Mr Biden criticised President Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak saying he had failed to protect American people.

The US does have the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, with more than 5.5 million confirmed cases and 174,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. It also has a larger population than many other countries.

It also has a larger population than many other countries.

If you look at deaths per capita – as a proportion of each country’s population – the US is no longer top of the list but remains in the top 10 worst hit countries.

BBC News

Claim 3: President Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides”, when asked about a far-right rally in 2017. According to a transcript of a press conference on 15 August, President Trump did say – when asked about the presence of neo-Nazis at the rally – “you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

During the same press conference, Mr Trump went on to say “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”

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