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A screenshot of Rep. Matt Gaetz addressesing the virtual convention on Monday. Photo: The Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) stoked fears while speaking at the Republican National Convention Monday night, saying Democrats will "disarm you, empty the prisons, lock you in your home and invite MS-13 to live next door."

What he's saying: Gaetz, one of President Trump's top allies, focused on what an America under Joe Biden would look like.

  • "How about not settling for violence in our neighborhoods or at our border? Not settling for second-best to cheating China? And not settling for another round of bad decisions by basement-dwelling Joe Biden?"
  • "And Biden knows failure. His own Defense Secretary said, 'Biden has been wrong on every major foreign policy and national security decision for nearly four decades.'"

Reality check: Biden supports the Second Amendment. He released a plan in October that calls for banning the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, mandating universal background checks for all gun sales, except for gifts between close family members.

  • Biden and the Democrats have backed ending private prisons, but they have no plans to "empty" prisons.
  • Many MS-13 street gang members were prosecuted during the Obama administration, including the first member to be extradited from El Salvador to the U.S., the New York Times points out.

Yes, but: Defense Secretary Robert Gates did say in a 2014 book that Biden was wrong on foreign policy and national security issues, per the Atlantic.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more context on the claims by Gaetz.

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Dec 2, 2020 - World

Biden says he won't immediately remove U.S. tariffs on China

President-elect Joe Biden during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump's 25% tariffs imposed on China under the phase one trade deal will remain in place at the start of the new administration, President-elect Biden said in an interview with the New York Times published early Wednesday.

Details: "I'm not going to make any immediate moves, and the same applies to the tariffs," Biden said. He plans to conduct a full review of the current U.S. policy on China and speak with key allies in Asia and Europe to "develop a coherent strategy," he said.

2 hours ago - Health

India crosses 1 billion COVID vaccinations milestone

A health worker inoculates a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a man wearing a face mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Beawar, India, in September. Photo: Sumit Saraswat/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Thursday that the country's health workers have now administered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines doses.

Of note: While this is a significant milestone for the country of 1.4 billion, which has been devastated by the coronavirus, only about 30% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, per AP. Roughly 75% has received at least one dose.

Trump says he plans to launch new social media network in 2022

Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch a social media network called "Truth Social," and that it would go public via a SPAC.

Why it matters: Most ex-presidents are focused on their legacies, by creating presidential libraries or engaging in philanthropic endeavors. Trump, however, remains consumed by social media.