President Trump makes a lot of false claims. So many that The Washington Post was obliged to track the lies of “the most fact-challenged politician that The Fact Checker has ever encountered.”
They found that Trump averaged 4.9 false or misleading claims a day after the first 100 days. Now, at the six month mark, Trump is averaging 4.6 false or misleading claims a day.
Trump has taken to adding “I think” to his false claims, in hopes of getting dinged less by the fact checkers. This, it seems, is the New Republican Exceptionalism. However, even with all of his mighty effort to turn his feelings into facts, Trump averages almost 5 lies a day.
Trump’s tally at the six month mark is 836 false or misleading claims, according to The Post.
With each lie, Donald Trump diminishes the presidency and weakens what was formally the most powerful political office in the world. Trump’s self-serving lies don’t make America great. They are nothing more than a continuation of the pattern of behavior that Trump has used throughout his entire adult life. Trump lies to build his own personal mythology. It doesn’t matter who or what those lies diminish or harm, as long as they build up Trump.
The problem is that each Trump lie builds on the previous ones to cumulatively undermine trust in governmental institutions. If the president lies five times a day, people are going to stop believing what the president says. This is exactly what is happening to Trump, and his lies are undermining the credibility of the government of the United States of America.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
Sarah is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.