Just hours after riots in the Capitol Building on Wednesday night in a dramatic attack on American democracy, Congress finally certified Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the November 3 US Election. The chaos unfolded after incumbent President Donald Trump addressed thousands of supporters from behind bullet-proof glass near the White House, in which he told them to march on the Capitol to express their anger at what he claimed was a fraudulent election.
Donald Trump concedes: Statement in FULL as US President stands down for Joe Biden (Image: GETTY) In a statement posted on Twitter by White House spokesman Dan Saving, the President said: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless, there will be an orderly transition on January 20. Donald Trump concedes: 52 were arrested for the breach (Image: GETTY)The President was unable to issue his own statement on social media after being suspended from both Twitter and Facebook for repeating his false claims about election fraud.
In a video message to his supporters as they attacked the Capitol building, Mr Trump said “I love you” before telling them to go home. The social media giant added: “Future violations of the Twitter Rules... will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account”.
Donald Trump concedes: Four people died in the harrowing violence (Image: GETTY)Facebook and Instagram have both banned Mr Trump for 24 hours, while YouTube also removed the video, saying it “violated policies on spreading election fraud”. However, his VP instead turned his back on his President, issuing a lengthy statement to explain he could not claim “unilateral authority” to reject states' electoral votes.
He said: “It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.” The commander-in-chief said in a statement he still disagrees with the result, again reiterating his claims of widespread fraud despite having consistently failed to provide evidence of this on a scale that could overturn Joe Biden's victory.
His comments came after lawmakers certified the results in the early hours of Thursday, having been disrupted by the violence at the U.S. Capitol the day before. This prompted lawmakers to be rushed to safety, interrupting the joint session to count and certify the Electoral College votes.
“While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again,” his statement added. I would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024,” he said in an online address for the Institute of International and European Affairs last year.
President Donald Trump issued a statement early on Thursday saying there would be a transition of power on January 20 following the final phase of the presidential election. Tensions Rise In Congress As Lawmakers Scuffle Over Capitol Protest White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Saving shared Trump's statement on Twitter.
Many social media users were quick to suggest that Trump's statement stopped short of conceding that Biden had defeated him, while others claimed it was as close to a formal concession as the president would offer. “The statement is not a concession and maintains his baseless claims of election fraud,” said Politico Congress reporter Kyle Cheney.
President Donald Trump has a long history of saying some of the most bizarre things in politics. This year was one for the books as the president flailed, searching for excuses for his July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Here are some of the most hilariously stupid things the president has said this year: You tell me that one.” He then made a whirring noise mimicking a turbine.
“In meetings, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, listened with interest when they discuss its abundant resources and geopolitical importance and, according to two of the people, has asked his White House counsel to look into the idea,” the Wall Street Journal reported in August. “Denmark essentially owns it,” Trump told reporters in the days that followed.
Trump then got into a fight with Danish leaders and had to cancel a trip he’d planned to the country. During the Christmas holiday, Christians celebrate the birth of their savior.
“The fake news, of which many of you are members, is trying to convince the public to have a recession,” Trump said. Trump then went on to say that his life would have been so much “easier” if he hadn’t gone to war with China over trade.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” This year, President Donald Trump went after three American Congresswomen he perceived as foreigners because they are people of color.
Twice this year, at least, Trump bragged that as President of the United States he has nothing to do. He repeated the same comment at the Michigan Christmas rally last week.
The remark came after Trump told Democrats in front of the cameras that he’d “take up the mantle,” and he was “proud” to shut down the government. “It’s fun to stay at the YMCA,” but apparently, the new-NAFTA trade deal was like the popular Village People song from the late 1970s.
It’s unclear if Trump thought he could get that branding to take off, but understandably it never did. For years, pollsters have talked about suburban women they called “soccer moms,” but apparently Trump only realized soccer was catching on in 2019.
Luckily he noticed it just in time for the U.S. women’s team to win the World Cup. “And a lot of people, including me, thought soccer would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly,” Trump said.
I think that was one of mine,” he said in February in El Paso, Texas. “And I think that the people of Puerto Rico are very grateful to Donald Trump for what we’ve done for them,” Trump said at a May 8 rally in Panama City, Florida.
False or misleading statements made by Donald Trump Fact-checkers from The Washington Post (top, monthly) and from the Toronto Star and CNN (bottom, weekly) compiled data on “false or misleading claims,” and “false claims,” respectively.
Donald Trump has made many false or misleading statements, including thousands during his presidency. Commentators and fact-checkers have described this as “unprecedented” in American politics, and the consistency of these falsehoods has become a distinctive part of both his business and political identity.
Trump is known to have made controversial statements and subsequently denied having done so, and by June 2019, many news organizations had started describing some of his falsehoods as lies. The Washington Post said his frequent repetition of false claims amounts to a campaign based on disinformation.
According to writer and journalist Nancy LeTourneau, the debasing of veracity is a tactic. By November 5, 2021, The Washington Post's Fact Checker database had counted 29,508 false or misleading statements.
“It has long been a truism that politicians lie,” wrote Carole McGranahan for the American Ethnologist journal in 2017. However, Donald Trump is different” from other politicians, stated McGranahan, citing that Trump is the most “accomplished and effective liar” thus far to have ever participated in American politics.
McGranahan felt that “the frequency, degree, and impact of lying in politics are now unprecedented” as a result of Trump. Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley of Rice University stated that past U.S. presidents have indeed “lied or misled the country,” but none of them were a “serial liar” like Trump.
Donned Stern, writing in the Psychoanalytic Dialogues journal in 2019, declared: “We expect politicians to stretch the truth. Heidi Tarsal Skeet, writing for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in 2017, described lies having “always been an integral part of politics and political communication”.
However, Trump was “delivering untruths on an unprecedented scale” in U.S. politics, both during his presidential campaign and during his presidency. Skeet also commented that no one in French politics was comparable to Trump in his provision of falsehoods.
“Fabrications have long been a part of American politics,” wrote Sheryl Gay Stolen in The New York Times in 2017, as several presidents in the previous 50 years have lied. Stolen cited that Dwight Eisenhower lied about a U.S. spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union, Lyndon Johnson lied to justify, and Bill Clinton lied to conceal his sexual affair.
Mark Barack of the Los Angeles Times has described in 2017 that U.S. presidents “of all stripes” have previously misled the public, either accidentally or “very purposefully”. Barack provided examples of Ronald Reagan, who falsely stated that he had filmed Nazi death camps, and Barack Obama, who falsely stated that “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it” under his Affordable Care Act.
However, Barack goes on to state that “White House scholars and other students of government agree there has never been a president like Donald Trump, whose volume of falsehoods, misstatements and serial exaggerations” is unparalleled. Within years of expanding his father's property development business into Manhattan in the early 1970s, Trump attracted the attention of The New York Times for his brash and controversial style, with one real-estate financier observing in 1976, “His deals are dramatic, but they haven't come into being.
So far, the chief beneficiary of his creativity has been his public image.” Her Scott, the prominent architect who designed Trump Tower, said of Trump in 1976, “He's extremely aggressive when he sells, maybe to the point of overselling.
The architect Philip Johnson said in 1984 that Trump often lied, adding “But it's sheer exuberance, exaggeration. In 2018, journalist Jonathan Greenberg released audio recordings from 1984 in which Trump, posing as his own spokesman John Barron, made false assertions of his wealth to secure a higher ranking on the Forbes 400 list of wealthy Americans, including claiming he owned over 90 percent of his family's business.
A 1984 GQ profile of Trump quoted him stating he owned the whole block on Central Park South and Avenue of the Americas. GQ noted that the two buildings Trump owned in that area were likely less than a sixth of the block.
Leona Helmsman later used this line as her own when she spoke about Trump in her November 1990 interview in Playboy magazine. When the stock market crashed in October 1987, Trump told the press he had sold all his stock a month before and taken no losses.
But SEC filings showed that he still owned large stakes in some companies. Forbes calculated that Trump had lost $19 million on his Resorts International holdings alone.
Challenging estimates of his net worth he considered too low, in 1989 Trump said he had very little debt. Reuters reported Trump owed $4 billion to more than 70 banks at the beginning of 1990.
After three Trump Casino executives died in a 1989 helicopter crash, Trump claimed that he, too, had nearly boarded the helicopter. The claim was denied 30 years later by a former vice president of the Trump Organization.
In 1997, Ben Berlin Jr., who had been tasked with recovering at least some $100 million his bank had lent Trump, said “During the time that I dealt with Mr. Trump, I was continually surprised by his mastery of situational ethics. David Parenthood investigated the long history of Trump's claims about his charitable giving and found little evidence the claims are true.
Following Parenthood's reporting, the Attorney General of New York opened an inquiry into the Donald J. Trump Foundation's fundraising practices, and ultimately issued a “notice of violation” ordering the Foundation to stop raising money in New York. The Foundation had to admit it engaged in self-dealing practices to benefit Trump, his family, and businesses.
Parenthood won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for his coverage of Trump's claimed charitable giving and casting “doubt on DonaldTrump's assertions of generosity toward charities”. In 1996, Trump claimed he wagered $1 million on 20-to-1 odds in a Las Vegas heavyweight title boxing match between Evader Holy field and Mike Tyson.
The Las Vegas Sun reported that “while everyone is careful not to call Trump a liar,” no one in a position to know about such a sizable wager was aware of it. A 1998 New York Observer article entitled “Tricky Donald Trump Beats Jerry Nadler in Game of Politics” reported that “Nadler flatly calls Mr. Trump a 'liar',” quoting Nadler stating, Trump got $6 million in the dead of night when no one knew anything about it” by slipping a provision into a $200 billion federal transportation bill.
Michael Sexton, former president of the venture, stated in a 2012 deposition that Trump selected none of the instructors. In a 2004 book, The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports, Trump claimed to have hit “the winning home run” when his school played Cornwall High School in 1964, garnering a headline TRUMP HOMERS TO WIN THE GAME” in a local newspaper.
Recalling her career with New York Post's Page Six column, Susan Mulch told Vanity Fair in 2004, “I wrote about him a certain amount, but I actually would sit back and be amazed at how often people would write about him in a completely gullible way. He was a great character, but he was full of crap 90 percent of the time” (Trump told the magazine, “I agree with her 100 percent”).
During a 2005 deposition in a defamation lawsuit he initiated about his worth Trump said, “My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings... and that can change rapidly from day to day”. Barbara Res, a former Trump Organization executive vice president who worked for Trump from 1978 until 1998, said “he would tell the staff his ridiculous lies, and after a while, no one believed a single word he would say”.
Tony Schwartz is a journalist who ghostwrote Trump : The Art of the Deal. In July 2016, Schwartz was interviewed by Jane Mayer for two articles in The New Yorker.
In them, he described Trump, who was running for president at the time, highly unfavorably, and described how he came to regret writing The Art of the Deal. When Schwartz wrote The Art of the Deal, he created the phrase “truthful hyperbole” as an “artful euphemism” to describe Trump's “loose relationship with the truth”.
This passage from the book provides the context, written in Trump's voice: “I play to people's fantasies... People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. He added, “'Truthful hyperbole' is a contradiction in terms.
Schwartz repeated his criticism on Good Morning America and Real Time with Bill Maker, saying he “put lipstick on a pig”. Fearing that anti-German sentiments during and after World War II would negatively affect his business, Fred Trump began claiming Swedish descent.
The falsehood was repeated by Fred's son Donald to the press and in The Art of the Deal, where he claimed that his grandfather, Friedrich Trump, “came here from Sweden as a child”. In the same book, Donald also said his father was born in New Jersey.
Trump's father was born in the Bronx, New York. On September 11, 2001, after at least one of the World Trade Center towers was destroyed, Trump gave a telephone interview with WMAR-TV in New York.
At the time, Trump lived in Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, more than four miles (6 km) away from where the World Trade Center towers once stood. Trump has promoted a number of conspiracy theories that have lacked substance.
These have included Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories from 2011. Known as “birther” theories, these allege that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
In 2011, Trump took credit for pushing the White House to release Obama's “long-form” birth certificate, while raising doubt about its legitimacy, and in 2016 admitted Obama was a natural-born citizen from Hawaii. He later falsely stated that Hillary Clinton started the conspiracy theories.
In 2016, Trump suggested that Ted Cruz's father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He also claimed that he lost the popular vote in the 2016 election only because of “millions” of illegal voters.
During his campaign, Trump claimed that his father, Fred Trump, had given him “a small loan of a million dollars,” which he used to build “a company that's worth more than $10 billion,” denying Marco Rubio's allegation that he had inherited $200 million from his father. An October 2018 New York Times exposé on Fred and DonaldTrump's finances concludes that Donald “was a millionaire by age 8,” and that he had received $413 million (adjusted for inflation) from his father's business empire over his lifetime, including over $60 million ($140 million in 2018 currency) in loans, which were largely reimbursed.
Trump claimed repeatedly on the campaign trail in 2015 that the actual unemployment rate of around 5% “isn't reflective ... Jeremy Adam Smith, writing for the Greater Good Magazine, said Trump's falsehoods may be “blue lies,” which are “told on behalf of a group, that can actually strengthen the bonds among the members of that group”.
As a result, he posited, Trump's dishonesty does not cause him to lose the support of his political base, even while it “infuriates and confuses almost everyone else”. In November 2015, BuzzFeed News Andrew Kaczyski reported that Trump, despite having claimed to have the best memory in the world, actually has a history of “conveniently forgetting” people or organizations in ways that benefit him.
In July 2016, Political's Linda AIU also pointed out that despite Trump's boast of his memory, he “seems to suffer bouts of amnesia when it comes to his own statements”. Both Kaczyski and AIU cited examples of Trump's stating he did not know anything about former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, despite past statements showing he clearly knew who Duke was.
Throughout his campaign and into his presidency, President Trump has repeatedly claimed that he would “build the wall and make Mexico pay for it”. President of Mexico Enrique Peña Into said that his country would not pay for the wall, and to date Mexico has not paid for it.
While not unusual for a campaign promise to not pan out, Trump's insistence that Mexico would pay for it was a central element of his campaign and continued for years afterward. At the February 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump again reiterated that Mexico would be paying for the wall.
The situation is getting worse, as described by Pulitzer Prize -winning journalist Ashley Parker : “President Trump seems to be saying more and more things that aren't true.” Glenn Kessler said in 2017 that in his job as a fact-checker for The Washington Post there was no comparison between Trump and other politicians.
Kessler wrote that Trump was the most fact-challenged politician that he had ever encountered and lamented that “the pace and volume of the president's misstatements means that we cannot possibly keep up”. The Washington Post fact-checker created a new category of falsehoods in December 2018, the “Bottomless Pinocchio,” for falsehoods repeated at least twenty times (so often “that there can be no question the politician is aware his or her facts are wrong”).
Trump was the only politician who met the standard of the category, with 14 statements that immediately qualified. According to the Washington Post, Trump has repeated some falsehoods so many times he has effectively engaged in disinformation.
The president keeps going long after the facts are clear, in what appears to be a deliberate effort to replace the truth with his own, far more favorable, version of it. He is not merely making gaffes or misstating things, he is purposely injecting false information into the national conversation.
At the end of 2018, Kessler provided a run-down summary of Trump's accelerating rate of false statements during the year: Trump began 2018 on a similar pace as last year.
Through May, he generally averaged about 200 to 250 false claims a month. But his rate suddenly exploded in June, when he topped 500 falsehoods, as he appeared to shift to campaign mode.
He uttered almost 500 more in both July and August, almost 600 in September, more than 1,200 in October and almost 900 in November. In December, Trump drifted back to the mid-200s.
Several major fact-checking sites regularly fact-check Trump, including: Political, which awarded Trump its “Lie of the Year” in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Fact-check.org, which dubbed Trump the “King of Whoppers” in 2015. The Washington Post said in January 2020 that Trump had made more than 16,241 false or misleading claims as president, an average of about 14.8 such statements per day.
The Toronto Star which said that, as of May 2019, Trump had made almost 5,000 false statements since his inauguration. As late as summer 2018, the news media were debating whether to use the word “lie” to describe Trump's falsehoods.
However, by June 2019, many news organizations, including CNN, Star Tribune, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The New Yorker, and Foreign Policy had started describing some of Trump's false statements as lies. The Toronto Sun was one of the first outlets to use the word “lie” to describe Trump's statements, and continues to do so frequently.
Glenn Kessler, author of The Washington Post's “Fact Checker” column, has used the word lie only once to describe Trump's statements, although he has sometimes used other terminology that implies lying. As of October 9, 2019, The Washington Post's fact-checking team has documented that Trump has “made 13,435 false or misleading claims over 993 days”.
On October 18, 2019, the Washington Post Fact Checker newsletter described the situation: We often hear from readers wondering how President Trump's penchant for falsehoods stacks up in comparison to previous presidents.
But there is no comparison: Trump exists in a league of his own. Deception, misdirection, gaslighting, revisionism, absurd boasts, and in some cases, provable lies, are core to his politics.
According to a September 2018 CNN-SSRS poll of 1,003 respondents, only 32% percent found Trump honest and trustworthy, the worst read in CNN polling history. The number was 33% on election day, November 8, 2016.
In June 2020, a Gallup poll of 1,034 adults within the United States found that 36% found Trump honest and trustworthy. By comparison, 60% of respondents found President Obama honest and trustworthy in June 2012 during his re-election campaign.
As president, Trump has frequently made false statements in public speeches and remarks. Trump uttered “at least one false or misleading claim per day on 91 of his first 99 days” in office according to The New York Times, and 1,318 total in his first 263 days in office according to the “Fact Checker” political analysis column of The Washington Post.
By the Post's tally, it took Trump 601 days to reach 5,000 false or misleading statements and another 226 days to reach the 10,000 mark. The Post found that Trump averaged 15 false statements per day during 2018.
The New York Times editorial board has frequently lambasted Trump's dishonesty. In September 2018, the board called him “a president with no clear relation to the truth”.
Seaman Ocean, writing in the journal Post digital Science and Education, describes that “many” of Trump's statements in interviews or on Twitter “may now be classed as bullshit,” with their utter disregard for the truth, and their focus on telling “a version of reality that suits Trump's aims”. These statements are “often” written in a way which criticizes or mocks others, while offering a misleading version of Trump's accomplishments to improve his image.
Then he exaggerated the size, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer backed up his claims. When Spicer was accused of intentionally misstating the figures, Kellyanne Conway, in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, defended Spicer by saying he merely presented alternative facts.
2016 Election results Trump went on to claim that his electoral college victory was a landslide; that three of the states he did not win in the 2016 election had “serious voter fraud”; and that Clinton received 3 million to 5 million illegal votes. Trump made his Trump Tower wiretapping allegations in March 2017, which the Department of Justice has twice refuted.
In January 2018, Trump claimed that texts between FBI employees Peter Struck and Lisa Page were tantamount to “treason,” but The Wall Street Journal reviewed them and concluded that the texts “show no evidence of a conspiracy against” Trump. Dismissal of FBI director On May 9, 2017, Trump dismissed James Coma, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying he had accepted the recommendations of U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Eisenstein to dismiss Coma.
In their respective letters, neither Trump, Sessions nor Eisenstein mentioned the issue of an FBI investigation into links between Trump associates and Russian officials, with Eisenstein writing that Coma should be dismissed for his handling of the conclusion of the FBI investigation into the Hillary Clinton email controversy, while Sessions cited Eisenstein's reasons. On May 11, Trump said in a videoed interview: “...regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Coma... in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story”.
On May 31, Trump wrote on Twitter : “I never fired James Coma because of Russia! Personal lawyer In 2017 and in the first half of 2018, Trump repeatedly praised his personal attorney Michael Cohen as “a great lawyer,” “a loyal, wonderful person,” “a good man” and someone Trump “always liked” and “respected”.
In the second half of 2018, with Cohen testifying to federal investigations, Trump attacked Cohen as a “rat,” “a weak person, and not a very smart person” and described Cohen as “a PR person who did small legal work, very small legal work... Spy gate conspiracy theory2018 California wildfires On November 17, 2018, during the 2018 California wildfires which ultimately caused $3.5 billion in damages and killed 103 people, Trump misrepresented a method that Finland uses to control wildfires.
Trump's comments sparked raking memes in Finland and online. Special Counsel Investigation In March 2019, Trump asserted that the special counsel investigation is “illegal”; previously in June 2018, Trump argued that “the appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!”.
However, in August 2018, Disney Friedrich, a Trump -appointed judge on the DC District Court ruled the appointment was constitutional, as did a unanimous three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in February 2019. The Mueller Report asserted Trump's family members, campaign staff, Republican backers, administration officials, and his associates lied or made false assertions, with the plurality of lies from Trump himself (mostly while he was president), whether unintentional or not, to the public, Congress, or authorities, per a CNN analysis.
Also in March 2019, following the release of Attorney General William Barr's summary of the findings of the completed special counsel investigation, Trump tweeted: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION”. However, Barr had quoted special counsel Mueller as writing that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on whether he had committed obstruction of justice.
Barr declined to bring an obstruction of justice charge against the President. In testimony to Congress in May 2019, Barr said he “didn't exonerate” Trump on obstruction as that was not the role of the Justice Department.
Economy Through his first 28 months in office, Trump repeatedly and falsely characterized the economy during his presidency as the best in American history. As of March 2019, Trump's most repeated falsehoods, each repeated during his presidency more than a hundred times, were that a U.S. trade deficit would be a “loss” for the country, that his tax cuts were the largest in American history, that the economy was the strongest ever during his administration, and that the wall was already being built.
By August, he had made this last claim at least 190 times. He has also made 100 false claims about NATO spending, whether on the part of the United States or other NATO members.
Trump claimed during the campaign that the U.S. real GDP could grow at rate of “5 or even 6” percent under his policies. During 2018, the economy grew at 2.9%, the same rate as 2015 under President Obama.
Longer-term projections beyond 2019 by the CBO and Federal Reserve are for growth below 2%. President Obama's advisers explained growth limits as “sluggish worker productivity and shrinking labor supply as baby boomers retire”.
Trump claimed in October 2017 he would eliminate the federal debt over eight years, even though it was $19 trillion at the time. However, the annual deficit (debt addition) in 2018 was nearly $800 billion, about 60% higher than the CBO forecast of $500 billion when Trump took office.
The CBO January 2019 forecast for the 2018–2027 debt addition is now 40% higher, at $13.0 trillion rather than $9.4 trillion when Trump was inaugurated. Rather than a debt to GDP ratio in 2028 of 89% had Obama's policies continued, CBO now estimates this figure at 107%, assuming Trump's tax cuts for individuals are extended past 2025.
Trump has sought to present his economic policies as successful in encouraging businesses to invest in new facilities and create jobs. In this effort, he has on several occasions taken credit for business investments that began before he became president.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that China or Chinese exporters were bearing the burden of his tariffs, not Americans, a claim Political has rated as “false”. Studies indicate U.S. consumers and purchasers of imports are bearing the cost and that tariffs are essentially a regressive tax.
While Trump has argued that tariffs would reduce the trade deficit, it expanded to a record dollar level in 2018. The following table illustrates some key economic variables in the last three years of the Obama Administration (2014–2016) and the first three years of the Trump Administration (2017–2019).
1.6% 0.1% 1.3% 2.1% 2.4% 1.8% Real Median Household Income $ $$56,96959,901 $$61,77962,626 $63,179 Not avail Real Wage Growth % 0.4% 2.2% 1.3% 0.4% 0.6% 1.3% Mortgage Rate 30-yr Fixed (Avg.) 4.2% 3.9% 3.7% 4.0% 4.5% 3.9% Stock Market Annual % Increase (SP 500) 11.4% 0.7% +9.5% +19.4% 6.2% 28.9% Budget Deficit % GDP 2.8% 2.4% 3.2% 3.5% 3.9% 4.6% Number Uninsured (Millions) 35.7 28.4 28.2 28.9 30.1 30.4 Trade Deficit % GDP 2.8% 2.7% 2.7% 2.8% 3.0% 2.9% Family separation policy President Trump has repeatedly and falsely said he inherited his administration's family separation policy from Obama, his predecessor.
In November 2018, Trump said, “President Obama separated children from families, and all I did was take the same law, and then I softened the law.” In April 2019, Trump said, “President Obama separated children.
In June 2019, Trump said, “President Obama had a separation policy. Trump's assertion was false because the Obama administration had no policy systematically separating migrant families, while “zero tolerance” was not instituted until April 2018.
Political quoted immigration experts saying that under the Obama administration families were detained and released together and separations rarely happened. Article II and unlimited executive power In July 2019, during a speech addressing youth at Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington, The Washington Post reported that, while criticizing the Mueller investigation, Trump falsely claimed Article Two of the United States Constitution ensures, “I have the right to do whatever I want as president”.
The Post clarified that “Article grants the president 'executive power'. This map was later altered to show Dorian impacting Alabama. President Trump displays the altered map in a video published by the White House on September 4, 2019. As Hurricane Dorian approached the Atlantic coast in late August 2019, Trump presented himself as closely monitoring the situation, tweeting extensively about it as The New York Times reported he was “assuming the role of meteorologist in chief”.
On September 1, Trump tweeted that Alabama, among other states, “will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by Dorian. By that time, no weather forecaster was predicting Dorian would impact Alabama and the eight National Hurricane Center forecast updates over the preceding 24 hours showed Dorian steering well away from Alabama and moving up the Atlantic coast.
The Birmingham, Alabama office of the National Weather Service (News) contradicted Trump twenty minutes later, tweeting that Alabama “will NOT see any impacts from Dorian.” On September 4 in the Oval Office, Trump displayed a modified version of an August 29 diagram by the National Hurricane Center of the projected track of Dorian.
The modification was done with a black marker and extended the cone of uncertainty of the hurricane's possible path into southern Alabama. Modifying official government weather forecasts is illegal in the United States.
A White House official later told The Washington Post Trump had altered the diagram with a Sharpie marker. Trump said he did not know how the map came to be modified and defended his claims, saying he had “a better map” with models that “in all cases Alabama was hit”.
Later on September 4, Trump tweeted a map by the South Florida Water Management District dated August 28 showing numerous projected paths of Dorian; Trump falsely asserted “almost all models” showed Dorian approaching Alabama. A note on the map stated it was “superseded” by National Hurricane Center publications and that it was to be discarded if there were any discrepancies.
Later that day, Trump's Homeland Security Advisor Peter Brown issued a statement asserting Trump had been provided a graphic on September1 showing tropical storm force winds touching the southeastern corner of Alabama; a White House source told CNN that Trump had personally instructed Brown to issue the statement. On September 6, at Trump's direction, acting White House chief of staff Mick Juliana told Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross to order acting NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs to fix the contradiction by Birmingham News, and Ross threatened to fire top NOAA officials if he did not.
NOAA then tweeted a statement by an unnamed spokesman disavowing the Birmingham News tweet, asserting “the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama,” adding that the Birmingham tweet “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time”. The president of the News Employees Organization responded, “the hard-working employees of the News had nothing to do with the utterly disgusting and disingenuous tweet sent out by NOAA management tonight”.
Trump continued to insist he was correct through September 7, asserting “The Fake News Media was fixated” on the matter and tweeting forecast maps from at least two days before his original Sunday tweet, as the media dubbed the episode “Sharpie gate”. Numerous commentators expressed bafflement that Trump chose to continue insisting he was correct about what might otherwise have passed as a relatively minor gaffe.
On September 9, News director Louis Cellini said the Birmingham News had not tweeted in response to Trump's tweet, but rather in response to numerous phone calls and social media contacts their office had received in response to Trump's tweet. “Only later, when the retweets and politically based comments started coming to their office, did they learn the sources of this information,” he said.
Meeting with Iran On September 16, 2019, Trump tweeted that “the fake news” was incorrectly reporting that he was willing to meet with Iran with no preconditions. Trump had said in July 2018 and June 2019 that he was willing to meet with Iran with no preconditions, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed this to be Trump's position during a White House press briefing five days before Trump's tweet.
In the early stages of the pandemic, Trump's pronouncements “evolved from casual dismissal to reluctant acknowledgment to bellicose mobilization”. Though Trump “occasionally adopted health officials' more cautious tone”, the optimism that dominated his early response “hadn't completely disappeared”, Trump having downplayed the threat of COVID-19 over 200 times by November 3.
As U.S. cases reached 4,800,000 and deaths reached 157,690, Trump repeated his assertion that he believes coronavirus will “go away” despite his top public health expert warning that it could take most of 2021 or longer to get the pandemic under control. Trump “made numerous versions of this assertion over...more than six months”.
Trump denied responsibility for his Administration's disbanding of the US Pandemic Response Team headed by Rear Adm. R. Timothy Zimmer in 2018. Trump has made various false, misleading, or inaccurate statements related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as “...we have it under control.
It's going to be just fine” (January 22, 2021), “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away” (Feb. 10), and “Anybody that wants a test can get a test” (March 6). On February 24, Trump tweeted: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA,” and the next day Trump said, “I think that whole situation will start working out.
In late February, the Trump Administration stated that the outbreak containment was “close to airtight” and that the virus is only as deadly as the seasonal flu. Including that, the administration also stated that the outbreak was “contained” in early March even as the number of U.S. cases continued to increase, regardless of being publicly challenged.
While on Fox News, Trump contradicted the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that the global mortality rate for SARS-2 coronavirus is 3.4%, saying. You never hear about those people,” and said his “hunch” is that the real figure is “way under 1%”.
Then (Trump) gets up and ad lib son his speech”. Fauci explained that afterwards, the task force tells him to “be careful about this and don't say that,” adding “I can't jump in front of the microphone and push him down.
Trump made 33 false claims about the coronavirus crisis in the first two weeks of March, per a CNN analysis. Trump has made various other incorrect COVID-19 related statements.
One false claim was that the United States had the highest rate per capita of COVID-19 testing, which it did not at the time, compared to South Korea, Italy, and Germany. Trump's misrepresentations often attempt to paint the federal coronavirus response in an excessively positive light, such as claiming that hospitals “even in the really hot spots” were “really thrilled” with the level of medical supplies, when in fact hospitals nationwide were concerned about shortages of medications, personal protective equipment, and ventilators.
An NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll conducted from April 13–15, 900 registered voters, found that 36% of Americans trusted Trump for information on the coronavirus, and 52% distrusted him for that information. On April 14, Trump said that he had “total” authority to reopen states, then said the next day that state governors had to make their own decision on when to reopen.
Cases were added in counties where 94 percent of the population lived. On April 28, while discussing his own response to the pandemic, Trump falsely suggested that in late February, Dr. Anthony Fauci had said that the American coronavirus outbreak was “no problem” and was “going to blow over”.
Contrary to Trump's claims, Fauci had said in a February 29 interview that “now the risk is still low, but this could change ... You've got to watch out because although the risk is low now ... when you start to see community spread, this could change and force you to become much more attentive to doing things that would protect you from spread ... this could be a major outbreak.” Also, on February 29, Fauci had stressed during a press conference that “we want to underscore that this is an evolving situation”.
But by so doing, we show cases, 99 percent of which are totally harmless. Journalist: “I'm talking about death as a proportion of population.
Just the other day (the CDC) came out with a statement that 85 percent of the people that wear masks catch it. On May 19, Trump tweeted a statement claiming that the World Health Organization had consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in December 2019 including reports from The Lancet.
The Lancet rejected Trump's claims, saying “The Lancet published no report in December 2019, referring to a virus or outbreak in Wuhan or anywhere else in China. The Lancet also wrote that the allegations that Trump made against the WHO were “serious and damaging to efforts to strengthen international cooperation to control this pandemic”.
The Lancet also said that “It is essential that any review of the global response is based on a factually accurate account of what took place in December and January”. On June 20, at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump suggested that America should slow down testing.
White House officials claimed that Trump was only joking. In an interview, Trump said that while he never gave an order to slow down testing, he claimed that if the United States slowed down the testing, they would look like they're doing better.
“I wouldn't do that,” he said, “but I will say this: We do so much more than other countries it makes us, in a way, look bad but actually we're doing the right thing.” At the time, the percentage of positive cases in the United States was over 2 times higher than recommended by the World Health Organization.
On July 4, 2021, Trump falsely stated that “99 percent” of COVID-19 cases are “totally harmless”. In the same speech, Trump contradicted several public health experts by saying that the U.S. will “likely have a therapeutic and/or vaccine solution long before the end of the year”.
FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn declined to state whether Trump's “99 percent” statement was accurate or to say how many cases are harmless. The World Health Organization in March estimated 15% of COVID-19 cases become severe and 5% become critical.
Trump's claims were contradicted by the facts that states having increased case counts as well as those having decreased case counts had increased testing, that the positive test rate increased in all ten states with the largest case increases, and that case rate increases consistently exceeded testing rate increases in states with newest cases. On August 5, 2021, Trump asserted that children should go back to school and learn in an in-person setting.
I don't know how you feel about it, but they have much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children account for about 7.3% of COVID-19 cases.
While children may be less likely to contract the virus than adults, a study in Science Magazine has shown that “children under age 14 are between one-third and one-half as likely as adults to contract the virus.” Facebook took action against President Trump's claim that children are “almost immune,” removing a video of him making this claim that was posted on his official Facebook account.
In a series of eighteen interviews from December 5, 2019, to July 21, 2021 between Donald Trump and Bob Woodward, Trump admits that he deceived the public about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. On February 7, he told Woodward, “This is deadly stuff.
It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.” Many audio recordings of these interviews were released on September 9, 2021.
It's been going on for a long time ... from before I even got elected and it's a disgrace that it happened.... On May 15, Trump tweeted that Obama gate was the “greatest political scandal in the history of the United States”.
This was the third time Trump claimed to be suffering from a scandal of such magnitude, after previously giving Spy gate and the Russia investigation similar labels. Also on May 15, Trump linked Obama gate to the “persecution” of Michael Flynn, and a missing 302 form.
Trump called for Congress to summon Obama to testify about “the biggest political crime”. Senator Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that he did not expect to summon Obama, but would summon other Obama administration officials.
Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr stated that he did not “expect” Obama to be investigated of a crime. Some of Trump's allies have suggested that the “crime” involved the FBI launching an investigation into incoming national security advisor Michael Flynn, or possibly the “unmasking” by outgoing Obama officials to find out the name of a person who was reported in intelligence briefings to be conversing with the Russian ambassador.
In a May 2020 op-ed at the news website RealClearPolitics, Charles Lipton, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Chicago analyzed the content of “Obama gate”. He claimed that the concept refers to three intertwined scandals: (1) The Obama administration conducted mass surveillance through the NSA; (2) the Obama administration used surveillance against Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and (3) the Obama administration did not transfer power seamlessly to the new Trump administration.
Lipton further claimed that “these abuses didn't simply follow each other; their targets, goals, and principal players overlapped. Taken together, they represent some of the gravest violations of constitutional norms and legal protections in American history”.
Unmasking is allowed if officials feel that it is needed to understand the collected intelligence. AP further pointed out that the Trump administration was conducting even more unmasking than the Obama administration in the final year of Obama's presidency.
In May 2020, attorney general Bill Barr appointed federal prosecutor John Bash to examine unmasking conducted by the Obama administration. The inquiry concluded in October with no findings of substantive wrongdoing.
By October 2020, the complex “Obama gate” narrative served as an evolution and rebranding of the “Spy gate” conspiracy. Joe Scarborough murder conspiracy theory Trump has repeatedly advocated a baseless conspiracy theory that suggested Joe Scarborough was involved in the 2001 death of a staffer who worked for Scarborough while he was a member of Congress.
Trump labeled the woman's death an unsolved cold case in one of multiple tweets, and called on his followers to continue to “keep digging” and to “use forensic geniuses” to find out more about the death. Scarborough's wife and Morning Joe co-host Mikey Brzezinski called the president a “cruel, sick, disgusting person” for his tweets, and urged Twitter to remove Trump's tweets.
Scarborough called Trump's tweet “unspeakably cruel”. Lori Lawsuits was a constituent services coordinator in one of Scarborough's congressional offices in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Lawsuits was found dead on the floor near her desk in that office on July 19, 2001. An autopsy by Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Berk land revealed a previously undiagnosed heart-valve irregularity, floppy mitral valve disease, that caused a cardiac arrhythmia that in turn halted her heart, stopped her breathing, and caused the 28-year-old to lose consciousness, fall, and hit her head on the edge of a desk.
Lawsuits' cause of death was determined at the time of death to be due to natural causes, and local authorities have never attempted to re-investigate because there was no evidence of an alternative explanation for her death. Scarborough was in Washington, D.C. at the time of her death in Florida.
Twitter stated that statements by the President, even false ones, are newsworthy. Advances for black Americans Donald J. Trump Twitter @realdonaldtrumpPresident Trump Approval Rating in the Republican Party at 96%.
Since Trump took office in 2017 he has routinely tweeted an approval rating between 94% and 98% in the Republican Party without citing a source. Trump has tweeted these approval ratings almost weekly with a percentage around 96%.
For example, a tweet from June 16, 2021 by Trump says “96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Another tweet from August 23, 2019, says “94% Approval Rating within the Republican Party.
Trump's approval rating in the Republican Party was found to be around 88% in a Fox News poll, 90% in a Gallup poll and 79% in an AFNOR poll but there is no evidence to support his tweets of the approval ratings around 96%. The military and veterans In 2014, a bipartisan initiative for veterans' healthcare, led by Senators Bernie Sanders and John McCain, was signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The Veterans Choice program enables eligible veterans to receive government funding for healthcare provided outside the VA system. In 2018, Trump signed the VA MISSION Act to expand the eligibility criteria.
Over the next two years, Trump falsely claimed over 150 times that he had created the Veterans Choice program itself. When reporter Paula Reid questioned him about this in August 2020, noting that he repeatedly made a “false statement in taking credit for the program, Trump abruptly walked out of the news conference.
In a speech given at Al Sad Airbase to US military personnel on Christmas 2018, Trump boasted that the military had not gotten a raise in ten years, and that he would be giving them a raise of over 10 percent. In fact, American military personnel received a pay hike of at least one percent for the past 30 years, got a 2.4 percent pay increase in 2018, and would receive a 2.6 percent pay increase for 2019.
Voting by mail Donald J. Trump Twitter @realdonaldtrumpThere is NO WAY (ZERO!) Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed.
The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. President Trump has repeatedly made false, misleading or baseless claims in his criticism of voting by mail in the United States.
This included claims that other countries would print “millions of mail-in ballots”, claims that “80 million unsolicited ballots” were being sent to Americans, and claims that Nevada's presidential election process was “100% rigged”. Another claim was alleging massive voter fraud.
In September 2020, FBI Director Christopher A. Way, who was appointed by Trump, testified under oath that the FBI has “not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise”. 2020 election On November 4, Trump delivered a speech inside the White House claiming he had already won the 2020 presidential election.
He made numerous false and misleading statements to support his belief that vote counting should stop and that he should be confirmed as the winner. After Joe Biden was declared the victor of the election, Trump falsely claimed he had won claiming ballot fraud against him.
A June 2019 Gallup poll found that 34% of American adults think Trump “is honest and trustworthy”. A March 2020 Kaiser Family Foundation poll estimated that 19% of Democrats and 88% of Republicans trusted Trump to provide reliable information on the coronavirus.
A May 2020 RSS poll for CNN concluded that 36% of people in the U.S. trusted Trump on information about the COVID-19 outbreak. Only 4% of Democrats trusted that information, compared to 84% of Republicans.
“In 1,386 days, President Trump has made 29,508 false or misleading claims”. Donald Trump has now said more than 5,000 false things as president”.
': A reporter's blunt question to Trump goes unanswered”. “A year of unprecedented deception: Trump averaged 15 false claims a day in 2018”.
“An anthropology of lying: Trump and the political socialite of moral outrage”. It has long been a truism that politicians lie, but with the entry of Donald Trump into the U.S. political domain, the frequency, degree, and impact of lying in politics are now unprecedented Donald Trump is different.
By all metrics and counting schemes, his lies are off the charts. We simply have not seen such an accomplished and effective liar before in U.S. politics.
Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility”. Donald Trump's strategy as midterms approach: lies and fear-mongering”.
“It's True: Trump Is Lying More, and He's Doing It on Purpose”. “17 times Donald Trump said one thing and then denied it”.
“Plausible deniability: The thing President Trump can't stop abusing”. The news media is starting to describe Trump's 'falsehoods' that way”.
“Meet the Bottomless Pinocchio, a new rating for a false claim repeated over and over again”. ^ Nancy LeTourneau, The Lies Aren't Meant to Be Consistent; The goal is merely to disrupt the truth from being exposed.
February 18, 2021 Washington Monthly ^ Dale, Daniel (December 22, 2017). “ Donald Trump has spent a year lying shamelessly.
'We've had presidents that have lied or misled the country, but we've never had a serial liar before. And that's what we're dealing with here,' said Douglas Brinkley, the prominent Rice University presidential historian.
“Constructivism in the Age of Trump : Truth, Lies, and Knowing the Difference”. Donald Trump lies so often that some have wondered whether he has poisoned the well We expect politicians to stretch the truth.
... a president who is delivering untruths on an unprecedented scale. Mr Trump did this both while running for president, and he has continued to do so in office.
There is no precedent for this amount of untruths in the US ^ Stolen, Sheryl Gay (August 7, 2017). “The Expanding Empire of Donald Trump ".
“My Pen Pal, Donald Trump Or, the art of the squeal”. “Art of the spin: Trump bankers question his portrayal of financial comeback”.
Trump's co-author on 'The Art of the Deal' donates $55,000 royalty check to charity”. Gross, Terry ; Parenthood, David (September 28, 2016).
“Journalist Says Trump Foundation May Have Engaged In 'Self-Dealing “. “State Attorney General Orders Trump Foundation to Cease Raising Money in New York”.
Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on 'self-dealing', new filing to IRS shows”. “Washington Post's David Parenthood wins Pulitzer Prize for dogged reporting of Trump's philanthropy”.
“Column: 'Alternative facts' play to Americans' fantasies”. The Trumps : three generations of builders and a president (First Simon and Schuster paperback edition, November 2015 ed.).
(Republication of The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire (Simon and Schuster, 2000, ISBN 978-0-684-80849-9)) ^ Viper, Matt (July 16, 2016). “ Donald Trump's drive to surpass his father's success”.
“For Donald Trump's Family, an Immigrant's Tale With 2 Beginnings”. Trump's family denied German heritage for years”.
Fred Trump was born in New York”. ' And now it's the tallest': Trump, in otherwise somber interview on 9/11, couldn't help touting one of his buildings”.
“Fact-checking a mixed bag of accusations on Trump and 9/11”. In actuality, once the Twin Towers were decimated, the 71-story Trump Building at 40 Wall Street was the second-tallest building still standing in Lower Manhattan, according to the Washington Post.
It was 25 feet shorter than the building at 70 Pine Street. Trump : 'Many people jumped and I witnessed it' on 9/11”.
^ Haber man, Maggie ; Rappaport, Alan (September 16, 2016). “ Trump Drops False 'Birther' Theory, but Floats a New One: Clinton Started It”.
“8 of the biggest conspiracy theories that Trump has shared”. 1 reason Trump's 'spy gate' conspiracy theory doesn't make sense”.
Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father”. ^ Donald Trump says the unemployment rate may be 42 percent”.
“Can the Science of Lying Explain Trump's Support?” ^ FM, Genre; Evans, Angela D.; Wang, Singing; Lee, King (July 2008).
^ Beltrán del Rio, Pascal (March 7, 2016). “Queen SE Maeve SI sale en la photo: ESPN; El deepen defining an aspirants en 2018, dice”.
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“Being a liar doesn't mean you can't be a good president, but this is crazy”. Nolan, Angie Ironic ; AIU, Linda (December 21, 2015).
“2015 Lie of the Year: Donald Trump's campaign misstatements”. ^ “2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election action is a hoax”.
^ “Lie of the Year: Trump's claim whistleblower got it wrong”. “In 1,095 days, President Trump has made 16,241 false or misleading claims”.
“Every false claim Donald Trump has made as president”. Kessler, Glenn; Rizzo, Salvador; Kelly, Meg (October 14, 2019).
“People don't think Donald Trump is honest or trustworthy. ^ “Americans' Views of Trump's Character Firmly Established”.
^ Lee, Michelle Ye He; Kessler, Glenn ; Kelly, Meg (October 10, 2017). “President Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims over 263 days”.
Kessler, Glenn ; Rizzo, Salvador; Kelly, Meg (April 29, 2019). “President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims”.
^ Kessler, Glenn ; Rizzo, Salvador; Kelly, Meg (November 2, 2018). “President Trump has made 6,420 false or misleading claims over 649 days”.
^ Kessler, Glenn ; Rizzo, Salvador; Kelly, Meg (September 13, 2018). “President Trump has made more than 5,000 false or misleading claims”.
“Coma brands Trump a serial liar who tells 'baffling, unnecessary' falsehoods”. ^ “Not just Sharpie-gate: 7 other times officials tried to fabricate Trump's 'truth “.
This chapter will document some of President Trump's “conventional” lies similar to those that politicians often tell in order to look good or escape blame; the number of these types of lies by Trump vastly exceeds those of previous presidents. But the most significant Trump lies are egregious false statements that are demonstrably contrary to well-known facts.
If there are no agreed upon facts, then it becomes impossible for people to make judgments about their government. Political power rather than rational discourse then becomes the arbiter.
“Subverting the Art of Diplomacy: Bullshit, Lies and Trump ". Many of Trump's tweets or statements delivered via interviews may now be classed as bullshit since they are not knowledgeable, are ignorant and deceptive: they show no concern for the facts or the truth, only for a version of reality that suits Trump's aims.
“Here are the photos that show Obama's inauguration crowd was bigger than Trump's”. Davis, Julie Hirschfelder; Rosenberg, Matthew (January 21, 2017).
“With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift”. Trump Spokesman Sean Spicer's Lecture on Media Accuracy Is Peppered With Lies”.
“Spicer earns Four Pinocchio for false claims on inauguration crowd size”. “Kellyanne Conway: WH Spokesman Gave 'Alternative Facts' on Inauguration Crowd”.
“Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump's team has 'alternative facts'. Trump's electoral college victory not a 'massive landslide “.
Trump claims 'serious voter fraud' in New Hampshire”. “Pants On Fire for Trump's claim about California voter fraud”.
“States where Trump claims 'serious voter fraud' took place deny 'unfounded' allegation”. Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim that millions of illegal votes cost him popular vote victory”.
Trump Claims Without Evidence that 3 to 5 Million Voted Illegally, Vows Investigation”. “Justice Department: No evidence Trump Tower was wiretapped”.
^ “FBI Director James B. Coma's termination: Letters from the White House, Attorney General”. “Rod Eisenstein: The one man standing in Trump's way is the president's polar opposite”.
“How Team Trump keeps changing its story in the Russia investigation”. Trump : 'Regardless of Recommendation, I Was Going to Fire Coma “.
Trump says he planned to fire James Coma regardless of DOJ recommendation”. Trump's fanciful, falsehood-filled AP interview, annotated”.
Trump : Cohen a 'liar' and 'weak person,' asserts he could do business as a candidate”. ^ a b Davis, Julie Hirschfelder; Haber man, Maggie (May 28, 2018).
' Spy gate', the false allegation that the FBI had a spy in the Trump campaign, explained”. “Carter Page: I 'never found anything unusual' in conversations with FBI source”.
“Make America Rake Again: Finland baffled by Trump's forest fire raking claim”. “Fact-check: Trump claims Mueller investigation 'illegal', ignoring multiple court rulings”.
“Appeals court says special counsel Robert Mueller 'properly appointed'; orders ex-Stone aide to testify”. ^ Plant, Katelyn; Cohen, Marshall (April 30, 2019).
“The Mueller report: A catalog of 77 Trump team lies and falsehoods”. Trump sees a 'complete and total exoneration “.
“Justice Department's findings a 'complete and total exoneration', Trump responds”. “Key takeaways from AG Barr's testimony, Mueller's letter”.
“AP fact check: Trump falsely claims economy, jobs the best ever”. Woodward, Calvin; Yen, Hope; Rubber, Christopher (February 9, 2019).
“AP fact check: Trump's mythical view of presidents past”. “AP fact check: Trump, Putin on 'no collusion'; economy myths”.
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Trump keeps taking credit for deals struck while Obama was president”. “Fact check: Trump takes credit for another factory approved under Obama”.
^ “Trade Deficit”, FRED, retrieved May 5, 2019 ^ Flaherty, Anne (November 2, 2018). “ Trump falsely blames Obama for family separations at border”.
“In misleading claim, Trump accuses Obama of separating migrant children”. Donald Trump, again, falsely says Obama had family separation policy”.
“While bemoaning Mueller probe, Trump falsely says the Constitution gives him 'the right to do whatever I want “. “President Trump, Weatherman: Dorian Updates and at Least 122 Tweets”.
“National Weather Service appears to correct Trump on Hurricane Dorian hitting Alabama”. “Kentucky pastor says he's 'victim of a drive-by tweet' after Trump mistakenly goes after him”.
^ “Why does Trump's hurricane map look different from others?” Trump shows fake hurricane map in apparent bid to validate incorrect tweet”.
“Washington Post: Trump was the one who altered Dorian trajectory map with Sharpie”. “This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages.
As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. Trump Displays Altered Map Of Hurricane Dorian's Path To Include Alabama”.
Trump called Fox News correspondent into Oval Office to argue he wasn't wrong about Alabama”. ^ “President Trump pushed staff to deal with NOAA tweet that contradicted his inaccurate Alabama hurricane claim”.
^ Baker, Peter ; Friedman, Lisa; Flagella, Christopher (September 11, 2019). “White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump ".
^ Flagella, Christopher; Friedman, Lisa; Baker, Peter (September 9, 2019). “Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump's Dorian Tweets, Sources Say”.
“NOAA slams weather service tweet that refuted Trump's Alabama claim”. ^ “NOAA backs up Trump's claim that Alabama could be affected by hurricane”.
^ “NOAA draws backlash after disavowing Weather Service tweet that refuted Trump ". ^ Trump Attacks Peter Baker as He Drags False Hurricane Forecast Story Into Day Seven”.
“The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian, that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit. Check out maps ...” Archived from the original on September 6, 2019.
^ “Fox News' John Roberts Breaks Down Trump's Sharpie gate”. ^ “Shepard Smith Destroys Trump's Fake Sharpie Map By Listing Off His Biggest Whoppers”.
Trump Insists Sharpie-Doctored Map Shows Alabama Was in Hurricane's Path”. ^ “The Sharpie is mightier: Trump mocked after that map of Dorian's path”.
^ “Opinion | Trump isn't even good at lying anymore”. ^ Mr. President, you're going to weather jail': Trump roasted for altered Hurricane Dorian map”.
“National Weather Service chief: Forecasters did the right thing in contradicting Trump's Dorian claim”. ^ Trump lashed out at the media for reporting he would meet with Iran with 'no conditions'.
Stevens, Harry; Tan, Shelly (March 31, 2021). “From 'It's going to disappear' to 'WE WILL WIN THIS WAR' / How the president's response to the coronavirus has changed since January”.
“Timeline: The more than 60 times Trump has downplayed the coronavirus threat”. Reference contains chronologically ordered list of quotations.
^ · Walters, Joanna; Wong, Julia Carrie (August 5, 2021). “ Trump again claims Covid-19 will 'go away' as Fauci warns of long road ahead”.
· Walters and Wong cite Pilkington, Ed (July 29, 2021). “Six months of Trump's COVID-19 denials: 'It'll go away … It's fading “.
As a new coronavirus spread in 2020, so did concerns about the United States' preparedness for a potential pandemic”. ^ “Coronavirus: Trump slams reporter for 'nasty question' over pandemic response team” (Video).
“Fact check: A list of 28 ways Trump and his team have been dishonest about the coronavirus”. ^ “Larry Kudos Claims Coronavirus 'Contained' In U.S. As CDC Warns Of Likely Spread”.
^ Trump's Biggest Supporters Think The Coronavirus Is A Deep State Plot”. ^ Trump's reckless coronavirus statements put the entire US at risk”.
^ Madrigal, Robinson Meyer, Alexis C. (March 6, 2021). “Exclusive: The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing”.
^ “Chaos at hospitals due to shortage of coronavirus testing”. ^ Trump's coronavirus musings put scientists on edge”.
Trump argues 3.4% death rate from coronavirus is 'false,' citing a 'hunch' in claiming it's far lower”. “Coronavirus death rate is 3.4%, World Health Organization says, Trump says 'hunch' tells him that's wrong”.
Here are the facts on YouTube published March 5, 2021 CNN ^ Trump has many hunches about the coronavirus. Trump Now Claims He Always Knew the Coronavirus Would Be a Pandemic”.
^ “Hospitals Reject Trump's Claim They Are 'Really Thrilled' With Supplies”. “NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey Study #200203”.
^ Littleton, Ben; Phelps, Jordyn (April 15, 2021). “ Trump's stunning reversal on 'total' authority claim over governors”.
“The White House's curious benchmarks for coronavirus success keep changing”. Our experts say the curve has flattened, and the peak in new cases is behind us,” Trump said.
“Nationwide, more than 850 counties, or nearly 30 percent of our country, have reported no new cases in the last seven days. Trump Misquotes Fauci on Coronavirus Threat”.
Trump Falsely Claims '99 Percent' of Virus Cases Are 'Totally Harmless “. “Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference”.
' You can't do that': Trump refuses to discuss coronavirus death rate and says US beating rest of world on cases”. “Medical journal refutes Trump claim it published reports about earlier spread of COVID-19 in China”.
“The Lancet rebuts Trump's claims in WHO letter”. ^ Trump tells Tulsa crowd he wanted to 'slow down' COVID-19 testing; White House says he was joking”.
Trump now says he wasn't kidding when he told officials to slow down coronavirus testing, contradicting staff”. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
“FDA commissioner declines to back Trump assertion on 'harmless' coronavirus cases”. Trump says schools should reopen because children are 'virtually immune “.
^ “Twitter, Facebook Remove Trump Post Over False Claim About Children And COVID-19”. ^ “Political: Trump said children are 'almost immune' from coronavirus.
' Play it down': Trump admits to concealing the true threat of coronavirus in new Woodward book”. CS1 main: uses authors parameter (link) ^ Trump deliberately downplayed virus, book says”.
^ Trump Admits Playing Down Coronavirus's Severity, According To New Woodward Book”. ^ Mike Hayes, Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha (September 9, 2021).
“Tapes of President Trump's conversations were released today. CS1 main: uses authors parameter (link) ^ Edelman, Adam.
Trump claims Obama committed 'biggest political crime in American history “. “It took one question for a reporter to expose Trump's latest baseless Obama conspiracy theory”.
Trump Uncovers 'Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History,' Yet Again”. ^ “Political : Le Obama gate “, la novella theories Du complot DE Donald Trump ".
^ Fair, Vanity; France, Condé Nast Digital (May 15, 2021). “Obama gate : La theories Du complot quit observe Donald Trump ".
“No criminal investigation likely for 'Obama gate' claims, US attorney general says”. ^ Trump allies push 'Obama gate,' but record fails to back them up”.
^ Zachary Cohen; Alex Margaret; Evan Perez; Chan delis Duster. “Acting intelligence chief has declassified names of Obama officials who 'unmasked' Flynn”.
“Why Trump Falsely Accuses Scarborough Of A Death”. “Husband of deceased Scarborough staffer asks Twitter to delete baseless Trump claims”.
“MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' calls Trump 'unspeakably cruel' for pushing debunked conspiracy theory”. ^ “Stories from 2001 related to Scarborough aide Lawsuits' death”.
^ “State: Aide found dead had said she felt ill”. Trump : Lori Lawsuits widower wants someone to 'get to the bottom' of her death”.
' Their policies being violated every day': Mikey Brzezinski complains to Twitter about Trump's tweets after blasting 'sick' president on air”. “Mikey Brzezinski Says “A Call Is Being Set Up” With Twitter Boss Jack Dorsey After Donald Trump Again Tweets Out Conspiracy Theory”.
“Florida family grieves as Trump spreads debunked conspiracy theory to attack MSNBC host”. Trump Pushes a Conspiracy Theory That Falsely Accuses a TV Host of Murder”.
^ “McCarthy sidesteps questions on Trump ?s baseless conspiracy theory involving Joe Scarborough”. ^ “Romney defends Joe Scarborough, staffer's widower: 'Enough already “.
“Widower of Scarborough staffer asks Twitter to remove Trump's conspiracy theories”. “The baseless Joe Scarborough conspiracy theory that Trump keeps pushing, explained”.
Trump's claim that he's done more for black Americans than any president since Lincoln”. ^ Donald J. Trump (July 10, 2021).
“President Trump Approval Rating in the Republican Party at 96%. ^ Trump's approval rating is strong with Republicans.
^ “Not only is Trump's approval with Republicans not 96 percent, energy appears to be slipping”. “Fact check: Trump makes 3 false claims in 19 words about his approval rating”.
Trump walks out of news conference after reporter asks him about Veterans Choice lie he's told more than 150 times”. ^ “Remarks by President Trump to Troops at Al Sad Air Base, Al Akbar Province, Iraq”.
Trump seems confused about military pay, claims troops received no raises for a decade”. “Fact check: Trump brags to troops about 10 percent pay raise he didn't actually give them”.
Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one.
“The FBI director just totally shut down Donald Trump's vote-fraud conspiracy”. ^ Baker, Peter; Haber man, Maggie (November 7, 2021).
“In Torrent of Falsehoods, Trump Claims Election Is Being Stolen”. “Fact checking Trump's month of shifting, consistently baseless claims for why he lost the election”.
^ Kessler, Glenn; Rizzo, Salvador; Kelly, Meg (June 2, 2021). “The central feature of Trump's presidency: False claims and disinformation”.
Notably, 88 percent of Republicans told Kaiser that they thought Trump was a reliable source of information on the virus, versus 19 percent of Democrats.