Outgoing President Donald Trump has told an unprecedented number of lies—over 20 thousand and counting—since his inauguration in 2017. Nearly 75 percent of Trump's statements on Politifact range from "mostly false" to "pants on fire."
The President has lied about everything from his father's country of birth to the paths of hurricanes to the size of his crowds to the threat posed by the virus that's killed over 300 thousand Americans. He continues to lie about the United States' election integrity, absurdly claiming that widespread voter fraud coordinated by Democrats tipped the election to President-elect Joe Biden.
The sheer number of lies coming from the White House has kept CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale more than a little busy. Dale frequently fact-checks the President in real time—a feat that often leaves him out of breath.
So when Dale spoke to The Atlantic about what he expects for fact-checking during the Biden administration, Dale said he expected to have the bandwidth to fact-check online disinformation in addition to the Biden White House.
Dale told the publication:
"It will not be a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job to fact-check Biden."
Trump supporters—including the President's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.—pointed to the statement as evidence of media bias.
Trump Jr. accused Dale of "pivoting" from presidential fact-checking to target Republican discourse online.
Dale didn't take long to fact-check claims about his fact-checking.
Dale pointed out that Trump lies more than any politician on either side of the aisle, requiring extra energy and time to properly investigate each claim.
In the nearly 24 hours since Dale issued his rebuke of Trump Jr., no fewer than eight of the President's tweets have been flagged by Twitter as false or misleading—and those are only including his lies regarding the election.
To name one obvious lie, the President falsely tweeted that the brother of Georgia's Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, "works for China." In reality, Raffensperger doesn't even have a brother.
People agreed with Dale's assessment that fact-checking Trump's lies is a full-time job.
But Dale wasn't the only one to call out Trump Jr.'s lack of reading comprehension skills.
While Trump's presidency will end on January 20th, the web of online disinformation he's fomented will persevere for years to come—hopefully with Daniel Dale to fact-check it.