Donald Trump gave a 30-minute impromptu interview with The New York Times on Thursday, and a fact checker has already busted him for telling two dozen lies during the exchange.
According to The Washington Post, Trump made false or misleading statements “at a rate of one every 75 seconds” during the interview. And because portions of the NYT interview were off the record, the Post notes that “it’s possible the rate of false claims per minute is higher.”
Some of the 24 false or misleading claims Trump made during the interview, per the Washington Post:
“Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. . . . I saw Dianne Feinstein the other day on television saying there is no collusion.”
“I think it’s been proven that there is no collusion.”
“There was collusion with the Russians and the Democrats. A lot of collusion. . . . Starting with the dossier. But going into so many other elements. And Podesta’s firm.”
“What I’ve done is, I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department.”
“I’m the one that saved coal. I’m the one that created jobs. You know West Virginia is doing fantastically now.”
“They made the Russian story up as a hoax, as a ruse, as an excuse for losing an election that in theory Democrats should always win with the electoral college. The electoral college is so much better suited to the Democrats.”
“I endorsed him [Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore]. It became a much closer race because of my endorsement. People don’t say that. They say, ‘Oh, Donald Trump lost.’ I didn’t lose, I brought him up a lot.”
“I know the details of taxes better than anybody. Better than the greatest C.P.A. I know the details of health care better than most, better than most.”
“I like very much President Xi. He treated me better than anybody’s ever been treated in the history of China.”
Of course, there is more where that came from, but that’s just a taste of the two-dozen lies Trump spewed in his surprise interview with the New York Times, during which no aides were present to hold his hand.
This falls in line with what he’s spent his entire presidency doing: Spewing nonsense. According to the Toronto Star, Trump has told nearly a thousand lies since taking office.
In his new interview with the Times, Trump’s lies always seem to focus on two things: 1. Underplaying the Russia scandal, whether it’s calling it a hoax or blaming the Democrats; and 2. Overplaying his own accomplishments as president, which exist only in Trump’s deranged mind.
With very little for this president to hang his hat on after a year of occupying the White House, it’s no surprise that Trump resorts to telling blatant falsehoods to get him through the day and convince his supporters that his administration hasn’t been a complete dumpster fire.
It would have been nice, however, for the newspaper interviewing him to hold him accountable as he was peddling these lies – not wait for another publication to fact check him days later.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.