Historians will write of our time and wonder why so many allowed for the ruining and rot from the Donald Trump White House to continue.
It took President Trump 601 days to top 5,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of eight claims a day.
While everyone makes misstatements that is not what too often occurs with Trump. He continually repeats the same lies and therefore the excuse of making ‘ a mistake’ does not hold water.
But on April 26, just 226 days later, the president crossed the 10,000 mark — an average of nearly 23 claims a day in this seven-month period, which included the many rallies he held before the midterm elections, the partial government shutdown over his promised border wall and the release of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the presidential election.
This milestone appeared unlikely when The Fact Checker first started this project during his first 100 days. In the first 100 days, Trump averaged less than five claims a day, which would have added up to about 7,000 claims in a four-year presidential term. But the tsunami of untruths just keeps looming larger and larger.
On April 26th he crossed the 10,000 lie bridge. These are some of the examples from that date as to why we can make that statement.
“This is not the Obama Administration that …gave five terrorist hostages plus, who soon went back to battle, for traitor Sgt. Bergdahl!”
The “Taliban Five” did not go back into battle. They have not returned to Afghanistan and have remained in Qatar since 2014. They have joined the Taliban’s political office in Qatar where they are helping to negotiate a peace agreement with the United States.
“I never told Don McGahn to fire Mueller. If I wanted to fire Mueller, I would have done it myself. It’s very simple. I had the right to. And frankly, whether I did or he did, we had the absolute right to fire Mueller…. Legally, I had absolute right to fire, but I never told Don McGahn to fire Mueller.” (Trump received 4 Pinocchio noses for this statement.)
Investigators interviewed eight Trump aides and friends under oath and documented the series of events that led McGhan to conclude he needed to resign because Trump had ordered him to fire Mueller. “McGahn is a credible witness with no motive to lie or exaggerate given the position he held in the White House,” the report concluded. “McGahn spoke with the President twice and understood the directive the same way both times, making it unlikely that he misheard or misinterpreted the President’s request.” Trump declined to be interviewed by the prosecutors. The report adds: “The President’s subsequent denials that he had told McGahn to have the special counsel removed were carefully worded….The President’s assertion in the Oval Office meeting that he had never directed McGahn to have the special counsel removed thus runs counter to the evidence.”
“I think there’s a lot of excitement toward getting a deal done with North Korea. In the meantime, when I came here, there were nuclear tests, missile tests, rocket tests. We got our hostages back. We got remains back, and continue to come back from the war. Our great heroes — the remains. There’s been no tests. There’s been no nothing.”
After the collapse of Trump’s second summit with the North Korean leader in February, there has been virtually no progress in resolving the nuclear standoff. Trump claims there has been “no nothing” in terms of testing but North Korea announced in mid-April it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” in what analysts said was a warning to Trump.