Trump’s Rate of Lies

Trump’s Rate of Lies

The entire back page of the Sunday Review section from yesterday’s edition of The New York Times, contains an “op-chart” titled “Trump’s Lies.” The byline credits David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson.

Underneath a “Trump Told Public Lies or Falsehoods Every Day for His First 40 Days” subheading, it states: “The quotes surrounding this article use the conservative standard of demonstrably false statements. By that standard, Trump told a public lie on at least 20 of his first 40 days as president.” Furthermore, Leonhardt and Thompson also state that Trump has “said something untrue” on at least 74 of his first 113 days in office.

Encircling the piece are many examples of these falsehoods. It begins with one from Jan. 21, and then continues right on through to June 21. Here is one example. The March 7 entry quotes Trump as stating “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” But the editorial notation in parenthesis correctively states that “113 of them were released by President George W. Bush.”

I can appreciate the painstaking work that must have gone into putting all of this together. It’s quite extensive. Source acknowledgment is provided as follows: Sources: Politifact; Factcheck.org; The Washington Post Fact Checker; The Toronto Star.

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