Donald Trump lies.  In his first nine months as presidents, fact-checking services like The Washington Post, found he averaged five lies as day.

Now it’s much worse.  In the seven weeks leading up to this year’s midterm election, the president of the United States told 1,419 outright false or misleading claims — an average of 30 a day.

Trump lied 6,420 times in his first 649 days as president, the Fact Checkers database shows.

His tsunami of misinformation picked up as he hustled around the country for rallies trying to drum up support for he and GOP candidates.  Each rally, Fact Check says, being 35-to 40 suspect claims, which are repeated in interviews with media and talks with press before and after each trip.

Trump often lies about his “accomplishments,” claiming numbers that never check out and actions that never occurred but the one thing he could claim is the fact that he is, without a doubt, the president who has issued more lies in less time than any other person who ever served in the nation’s highest ranking elected official.

When you add up the lies from recent rallies (including press interviews), he issued 84 lies on Oct. 1 from a rally and adjoining appearances in Johnson City, TN, 83 in Houston and 78 in Mesa, AZ.

These lies do not count his Twitter tweets.

Notes Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly of The Post:

The president’s proclivity 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 emphatically 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.

Nearly 25 times, he has claimed that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was No. 1 in his class at Yale University or at Yale Law School. The law school does not rank, and Kavanaugh graduated cum laude from the college — the third level, below summa cum laude and magna cum laude. At the time, Yale granted honors rather liberally, so nearly 50 percent of the class graduated with honors, with half of those cum laude.

This is one of those facts that can be easily checked with a Google search, yet the president persists with his falsehood.

Donald Trump is a con man, has been most of his life.  He lies to make money and he lies to sexually harass women. He lies without remorse and his lies are cheered by a “base” of angry malcontents who, like him, ignore facts and wrap themselves in bigotry, racism and ignorance.

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Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Ayup. Unfortunately the nature of mass media tends to lead to enormous corporations, and corporations being sociopathically dedicated to making money, they will do what makes money.

    Teaching people to think independently and critically doesn’t make money.

    I saw a quote somewhere that said something like, “Advertising is the art of instilling stupidity into people long enough to make money off of them”. It should be no surprise that shows like Infowars are about 1/4th polemic and 3/4ths selling snake oil.

    Advertisers will pay a lot more for audiences that can be mindlessly led into believing things that just aren’t true.

    J.

  2. Perhaps a better title might have been “Clueless Trump spinning madly, flinging dung in every possible direction in the hope that something will stick”.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Madison, there a) is no left-wing machine, and b) the left don’t fall for propaganda. Even if there were one, it wouldn’t work like the Trump rallies do.

    J.

    • I merely called it left wing propaganda for lack of a better term. Factual facts? And I was lamenting that the left has no massive system of broadcasting like the right does. And we’re going to be suffering for it for years like we’ve done since Fox, Hannity, Rush, etc. got onto the airwaves.

  3. So where oh where is the left wing propaganda machine to bring out all of these lies? Maybe some incredibly wealthy hedge fund manager(s) need to buy some radio stations and newspapers in the more rural areas that can reach the urban areas. Just thinking…..

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