Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims

By Ronald Horvath | May 02, 2018

"The more a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those that speak it."  -George Orwell


“President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims so far

"In the 466 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.

That’s an average of nearly 6.5 claims a day.

When we first started this project for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. Slowly, the average number of claims has been creeping up.

Indeed, since we last updated this tally two months ago, the president has averaged about 9 claims a day.


Our interactive graphic, created with the help of Leslie Shapiro and Kaeti Hinck of The Washington Post’s graphics department, displays a running list of every false or misleading statement made by Trump. We also catalogued the president’s many flip-flops, since those earn Upside-Down Pinocchios if a politician shifts position on an issue without acknowledging that he or she did so.

Trump has a proclivity to repeat, over and over, many of his false or misleading statements. We’ve counted at least 113 claims that the president has repeated at least three times, some with breathtaking frequency.

Seventy-two times, the president has falsely claimed he passed the biggest tax cut in history — when in fact it ranks in eighth place. Fifty-three times, the president has made some variation of the claim that the Russia probe is a made-up controversy. (If you include other claims about the Russia probe that are not accurate, the count goes to 90.) Forty-one times, the president has offered a variation of the false claim that Democrats do not really care about the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump terminated.

Thirty-four times, the president has wrongly asserted that a border wall was needed to stop the flow of drugs across the southern border, even though the Drug Enforcement Administration says a wall would not limit this illegal trade, as much of it travels through legal borders or under tunnels unaffected by any possible physical barrier.

Thirteen times in the past five weeks, Trump has claimed his long-promised border wall is already being built, even though Congress denied him the funding and prohibited the use of prototypes he had viewed with great fanfare.”

Comments (1)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 04, 2018 07:11

"In a segment George Soros and Hillary Clinton could not have better produced, Fox News’ business anchor Neil Cavuto scolded the president for over four minutes straight during the signature “Common Sense” monologue portion of his show, Real World With Neil Cavuto.
Couching his critique as humble advice for the Commander-in-Chief following the devastation caused by Hurricane Rudy over the last 24 hours, Cavuto proceeded to unload on him.  Drawing from tweets and statements going back to the transition, the face of Fox News’ business coverage sounded like a parent who’s finally grown tired of his son’s incessant lies.
“Let me be clear, Mr. President,” he began, “How can you drain the swamp if you’re the one that keeps muddying the waters?”
“You didn’t know about the $130,000 payment to a porn star, until you did. You acknowledged today you were the guy behind the retainer payment that took care of this. You insist that money from the campaign or campaign contributions played no role in this transaction. Of that you’re sure. The thing is, not 24 hours ago, sir, you couldn’t recall any of this.”
Neil was just getting warmed up.  He then shifted his attack toward the president’s continual characterization of the mainstream media as “fake news,” while simultaneously spreading actual fake news himself.
“I’m not saying you’re a liar. You’re the president.  You’re busy.  I’m having a devil of a time figuring out which news is fake.  Let’s just say your own words gave me lots of pause.”
“Like the time you said the Russians didn’t interfere in the 2016 elections until a lot of Republicans had to remind you they did. [You] came back months later and said, well, ‘I never said that Russia didn’t meddle in the election,’ when in fact you had a lot.”
Cavuto later went on to list, point by point, the numerous lies that Trump has told about everything from his job approval ratings relative to other presidents, to the size of his tax cut, to the margin of his electoral victory. He also highlighted the numerous times the president criticized the media for reports on staff firings and resignations, only for those reports to turn out to be true.
“None of this makes what you say fake, and you’re right to say some of them are out to get you,” he said, as if to try to soften the blows he was winding up to land. “But often times they’re using your own words to bash you.”
“Your base probably might not care,” he said as he brought the ship in for a landing, “But you should. I guess you’re too busy draining the swamp to ever stop and smell the stink you’re creating. That’s your doing. That’s your stink, Mr. President, that’s your swamp. Good night.”

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