Donald Trump, The Pathological Liar
At their first presidential debate, on Monday night in New York, Trump made 34 false claims to Clinton’s four false claims, continuing his pattern of unprecedented serial lying.
Donald Trump lies. All the time.
He doesn’t just stretch the truth in the way most politicians do: selectively citing facts that make them look good, deliberately omitting ones that make them look bad, overstating or understating the probable impact of the campaign promises they make.
No, he just says things that aren’t true. And he knows it.
The New York Times closely tracked Mr. Trump’s public statements from Sept. 15-21, and assembled a list of his 31 biggest whoppers, many of them uttered repeatedly. This total excludes dozens more: Untruths that appeared to be mere hyperbole or humor, or delivered purely for effect, or what could generously be called rounding errors.
According to POLITICO’s five-day analysis, Trump averaged about one falsehood every three minutes and 15 seconds over nearly five hours of remarks.
In raw numbers, that’s 87 erroneous statements in five days.
An examination by The Washington Post of one week of Trump’s speeches, tweets and interviews shows a candidate who not only continues to rely heavily on thinly sourced or entirely unsubstantiated claims but also uses them to paint a strikingly bleak portrait of an impoverished America, overrun by illegal immigrants, criminals and terrorists — all designed to set up his theme that he is specially suited to “make America great again.”
Never in modern presidential politics has a major candidate made false statements as routinely as Trump has. Over and over, independent researchers have examined what the Republican nominee says and concluded it was not the truth — but “pants on fire” (PolitiFact) or “four Pinocchios” (Washington Post Fact Checker).
For the past week, the Star has been compiling a list of Trump’s false claims. Between last Saturday and this Sunday, we counted 52 of them – not including a bunch he repeated.
Donald Trump lies. A lot. He lies about big things, and small things, and things in between.
The New Yorker’s “Trump and the Truth”:
A series of reported essays that examine the untruths that have fuelled Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign.