President Donald Trump has made over 12,000 "false statements" since his inauguration in 2017, according to the Washington Post. The President's penchant for lying is well-known to the American public—except to those who won't acknowledge it.
Fox Business host Stuart Varney seems to be one of those people.
During an interview with Tea Party Republican challenger to Trump, former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, Varney challenged Walsh to name one lie told by the President. Things quickly went south from there.
Walsh: Do you believe this president lies? Fox Business' Stuart Varney: No. He exaggerates and spins. Walsh: Do… https://t.co/38ntDpTYW1— Lis Power (@Lis Power) 1567181899.0
Walsh responded to Varney's challenge with a lie from yesterday: the President's claim that "high level phone calls" were made to China, indicating progress between the two countries in regards to trade. According to his staff, Trump falsely claimed this in order to create optimism for an end to his trade war with China in hopes that it would boost markets.
Varney insisted to an exasperated Walsh that this was not a lie, spurring Walsh to ask:
"Stuart, do you believe this President lies?"
"No...he exaggerates and spins."
Walsh was incredulous, asking, "Do you believe he's ever told the American people a lie?"
Varney's blatant denial hearkened back to a similar exchange between Trump campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo earlier this week, in which McEnany also refused to acknowledge that the President had ever lied to the American people.
People were astonished at Varney's faith in the President.
@LisPower1 @EricKleefeld can't fix a cult How does anyone take a business show seriously if the host doesn't disseminate truth from lies— J. Rooker (@J. Rooker) 1567185186.0
@LisPower1 @EricKleefeld Pretty remarkable for an anchor who ostensibly covers the stock market to treat Trump’s li… https://t.co/J0mZV7G7so— Troy (@Troy) 1567183946.0
@LisPower1 @EricKleefeld Varney is either a liar or he’s stupid. There are no other options. And I noticed how upse… https://t.co/nbmGpBZRWx— Bob B🎼🎸 (@Bob B🎼🎸) 1567187450.0
@LisPower1 @EricKleefeld https://t.co/bgPyc0nXcc— Bryan Priest (@Bryan Priest) 1567183123.0
Varney could get a number of recent Trump lies from CNN fact checker Daniel Dale's Twitter feed alone.
Trump says he just got an "award and an endorsement" from the Log Cabin Republicans. He certainly did get their end… https://t.co/NGKBjUlLKP— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1566328597.0
The dollar is not the strongest in history. There’s a measure, the broad, nominal trade-weighted index, where it’s… https://t.co/k4b2gNh2Yd— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1567173801.0
Trump falsely claims again that US unions are supportive of the USMCA. The AFL-CIO, UAW and many others say they ca… https://t.co/uCSCz8j8iE— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1567086234.0
Just watched O’Donnell’s 2015 apology for questioning Trump’s Apprentice salary. He was not crying or even close to… https://t.co/sEC3VPPli7— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1567083349.0
The denial is real.
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