Sen Jeff Flake Immediately Fact-Checks Trump’s Terror Attack Tweets

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Following the terror attack in New York City on Tuesday in which eight people were killed and a dozen injured after a vehicle plowed into a crowd, Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to name the culprit: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). But actually, the suspect was identified as a 29-year-old native of Uzbekistan who moved to the United States in 2010 and was a legal U.S. resident. Schumer was not in the vicinity at the time of the attack. Or was he?

Cue the morning rage tweets!

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) immediately fact-checked Donald.

“In fact, had the Senate Gang of 8 bill passed the House, it would have ended the Visa Lottery Program AND increased merit based visas,” he wrote.

Ouch!

The program Trump is freaking out about took effect in 1995 and there is an education and work requirement, as well.

Schumer responded on Twitter by saying, “I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy.”

The program did originate, in part, in a bill introduced in 1990 by Schumer, who was then a member of the House. At the time, he proposed making a set numbers of visas available each year to “diversity immigrants” from “low-admission” countries.

And guess what? Trump’s wall would not have prevented the attack.

Where were you when the attack took place, Sen. Flake? You know you’re going to get blamed now:(

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