Breaking the sound barrier took years of diligent engineering and cost the lives of skilled pilots. But Donald Trump has sailed through the 1,000 documented lies barrier with the ease of … Donald Trump lying, actually. There is nothing easier or more dependable. The Washington Post’s list of Trump’s false and misleading statements now stands at 1,057.
That’s an impressive number by any standard. In fact, we are a little late with this update because we have simply been overwhelmed keeping track of the deluge of claims made by the president in the later part of July. Things slowed down during the president’s “working vacation,” so we have finally been able to catch up.
Yes, while on his vacation, Trump concentrated his efforts on equating Nazis with people who fight Nazis, giving those tasked with counting his ordinary lies a chance to breathe.
While Trump lies about … everything, there are some topics that get special attention.
Trump’s most repeated claim, uttered 50 times, was some variation of the statement that the Affordable Care Act is dying and “essentially dead.” The Congressional Budget Office has said that the Obamacare exchanges, despite well-documented issues, are not imploding and are expected to remain stable for the foreseeable future.
The next biggest category of Trump lie? Claims that he secured new business investments or job increases that either didn’t happen or were planned before the election.
Forty-two times, he has touted that he secured business investments and job announcements that had been previously announced and could easily be found with a Google search.
Yes, but everyone knows that Google goes back and generates these stories just to make Trump look bad. Fake past!
There’s a whole section of Trump lies about Hillary—not just false claims about her email or assertions that she spilled classified information, but claims like the one Trump recently repeated that she sold 20 percent of America’s uranium supply to Russia—something that simply didn’t happen.
But perhaps the most amazing Trump lies statistic is that Trump is actually accelerating.
At the six-month mark, the president was averaging 4.6 claims a day, but he has now increased his pace.
He’s now right at five lies a day. Proving once again that everything is worse with Trump in charge—even Trump.
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