In just 18 days, Donald Trump will complete his first year as president––and a Washington Post database that “analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president” has found he will exceed 2,000 false or misleading claims by that time. The total stood at 1,950 claims in 347 days as of Monday, an average of 5.6 claims a day.
The Post notes:
As regular readers know, the president has a tendency to repeat himself — often. There are now more than 60 claims that he has repeated three or more times. The president’s impromptu 30-minute interview with the New York Times over the holidays, in which he made at least 24 false or misleading claims, included many statements that we have previously fact-checked.
We currently have a tie for Trump’s most repeated claims, both made 61 times. Both of these claims date from the start of Trump’s presidency and to a large extent have faded as talking points.
One of these claims was some variation of the statement that the Affordable Care Act is dying and “essentially dead.” The Congressional Budget Office has said that the Obamacare exchanges, despite well-documented issues, are not imploding and are expected to remain stable for the foreseeable future. Indeed, healthy enrollment for the coming year has surprised health-care experts. Trump used to say this a lot, but he’s quieted down since his efforts to repeal the law flopped.
Trump also repeatedly takes credit for events or business decisions that happened before he took the oath of office — or had even been elected. Sixty-one times, he has touted that he secured business investments and job announcements that had been previously announced and could easily be found with a Google search.
Any increase in ObamaCare premiums is the fault of the Democrats for giving us a "product" that never had a chance of working.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2017
Among the findings:
- Trump has falsely claimed about passing the biggest tax cuts in history a total of 53 times, even though data from the Treasury Department shows it would rank eighth.
- Trump has claimed that the United States pays the highest corporate taxes a total of 25 times. Trump has also claimed that the United States is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world a total of 33 times. The first statement is false and the second is misleading “as the effective U.S. corporate tax rate (what companies end up paying after deductions and benefits) ends up being lower than the statutory tax rate.”
- Trump has gloated about a rising stock market a total of 85 times, even though during his campaign, he often claimed that it was a “bubble” that would crash once the Federal Reserve started raising interest rates. In fact, the stock market has not plunged even though the Federal Reserve has raised rates three times since the 2016 presidential election. (“Moreover, the U.S. stock-market rise in 2017 was not unique and mirrored a global rise in equities,” The Post notes. “When looking at the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, it’s clear U.S. stocks haven’t rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. Yet Trump loves this claim so much that he has repeated it 28 times in the 49 days since our last update — more often than every other day.”)
Now, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to RESTORE AMERICAN PROSPERITY – and RECLAIM AMERICA’S DESTINY.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
The Washington Post‘s findings might not surprise many of its readers, but it’s yet another sign of the president’s fervent disregard for the truth, and his embrace of what Kellyanne Conway, his presidential counselor, infamously coined as “alternative facts.”
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