Posted by: maboulette | November 13, 2018

6,420 False or Misleading Claims Over 649 Days – Guess Who?


The Washington Post on Friday reported that Trump made 6,420 false or misleading claims over 649 days


 During the first nine months of his presidency, Trump made 1,328 false or misleading claims, an average of five a day.  But in the 7 week leading up to the midterm elections, the President made 1,419 false or misleading claim – that is an average of 30 a day.


 That adds up to a total of 6,420 claims through Oct. 30, the 649th day of his presidency, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyses, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the President.


 The President’s tendency to twist data and fabricate stories is on full display at his rallies. He has his greatest hits: 120 times he had falsely said he passed the biggest tax cut in history, 80 times he has asserted that the U.S. economy today is the best in history and 74 times he has falsely said his border wall is already being built. (Congress has allocated only $1.6 billion for fencing, but Trump also frequently mentioned additional funding that has not yet been appropriated.)


 In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump definitely denied he had imposed many tariffs. “I mean, other than some tariffs on steel — which is actually small, what do we have? . . . Where do we have tariffs? We don’t have tariffs anywhere,” he insisted. The newspaper responded by printing a list of $305 billion tariffs on many types of U.S. imports.


 Most striking, the tone of Trump’s attacks on Democrats escalated the closer the election approached. The president always had slammed Democrats, but his rhetoric became sharper and increasingly inaccurate in recent weeks.   “They want to erase our gains and plunge our country into a nightmare of gridlock, poverty, chaos and, frankly, crime, because that’s what comes with it,” he said on Oct. 4. “The Democrat Party is radical socialism, Venezuela and open borders. It’s now called, to me — you’ve never heard this before, the Party of Crime. It’s a Party of Crime, it’s what it is. And to pay for their socialism, which is going to destroy our country.”


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