Donald J. Trump, the President-elect of the United States, is a liar. Not a storyteller. Not a fibber. Not simply a politician putting spin on statements: a liar. He has garnered, shockingly, 62 “Pants on Fire” ratings by Politifact in his short political career. Not to mention that his lies, overall, still account for a full 70 percent of his statements, as checked by Politifact. Trump lies so often and so well, it becomes part of who they are: Factcheck.org created the title “King of Whoppers,” just for him.
With so many lies, what are some of Trump’s biggest lies?
This Trump lies list is literally just a highlight reel. The sheer volume of lies made it difficult to narrow down the biggest, but all the lies on this list are confirmed by at least one high-rated fact-checking site.
Whether it’s, “Video, what video?”, “Who said that, not me, obviously!”, “I’m very generous, who cares whose money I use?”, “I reject your reality and insert my own!”, and ” “Some men just want to watch the world burn” we have Trump’s lies easily referenced.
Video, what video?
While retaliating against Alicia Machado for talking about how badly he treated her, and the names that he called her, Trump told people to go watch a sex tape that doesn’t exist at 5:20 am on Twitter. Who needs to actually have the video when just the accusation is all he needed? He later said that his tweet didn’t say to check out her sex tape, despite it having the words “(check out sex tape and past) Alicia M.”
“In the days after the first debate, you sent out a series of tweets from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., including one that told people to check out a sex tape,” Cooper said. “Is that the discipline of a good president?”
Trump responded, “No, it wasn’t saying, ‘check out a sex tape.’ It was just ‘take a look at the person she built up to be this wonderful girl scout, who was no girl scout.’ ” Apparently, he was suggesting people check out Hillary’s non-existent sex tape? Arguably, either way, no such sex tape exists.
Video used in a Trump commercial of “Mexican immigrants” swarming our southern border was actually footage from Morocco. They later said they used the footage “on purpose,” to show the dangers of an open border. That his supporters believed this was actually our border was just happy coincidence, right?
I reject your reality and insert my own!
During the election, Trump apparently didn’t want to deal with the fact that Obama has lowered unemployment by half over the last 8 years. So, instead, he produced baseless, fact-free claims that almost half of the US is unemployed. It is such a stupid lie, we would all be aware if half of the people we know are unemployed. That didn’t stop him from telling it.
“In February, Trump said he ‘heard’ the unemployment rate was really 42 percent, and vowed to be ‘the greatest jobs president that God ever created.’ At the time, the official unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, and it has since dropped to 4.6 percent — the lowest in more than nine years. Trump’s inflated figure includes millions of people 16 years and older who are not in the labor force and don’t want to work — including retirees, high school and college students, and stay-at-home parents.”
Donald Trump actually accused Ted Cruz’s father of “being with Lee Harvey Oswald.” Trump was clearly implicating Cruz’s family in JFK’s assassination, based on a tabloid story.
Politifact quoted Trump:
“(Cruz’s) father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being, you know, shot. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right, prior to his being shot? And nobody even brings it up,” Trump said on Fox and Friends on the morning of the critical Indiana primary. “What was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.”
What is Trump suggesting Cruz’s father was doing with Oswald prior to Oswald being shot since, you know, OSWALD CAME OUT OF THAT MEETING ALIVE? And yes, meeting with someone before they are murdered IS terrible for most people because they have compassion and empathy. They usually suffer from survivor’s guilt and PTSD, but that doesn’t make them actually guilty of anything except being human something Donald knows nothing about.
Who said that, not me!
Trump is nearly infamous now for claiming he “never said” things for which there are recordings, written records, video, and sometimes all three. Sometimes the span between what he said and his refutation of it is mere hours. Like the time he called Marco Rubio “Zuckerberg’s personal senator,” on the official immigration policy page of his website yet said he never said that.
Quick: “You have talked a little bit about Marco Rubio. I think you called him (Facebook founder) Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator, because he was in favor of the H-1B visa.”
Trump: “I never said that. I never said that.”
I’m very generous. Who cares whose money I use?
David Fahrenthold, a journalistic hero and exemplar of all things right in the media, caught Donald Trump lying about money he said he was raising for veterans. Trump said he raised 6 million, including a million out of his own pocket. Yet, he only gave veteran’s groups a fraction of that. When he was exposed, Trump attacked Fahrenthold for going after him for doing a good thing. Trump claimed he had wanted to “keep it quiet.” Except, he had announced his intentions to raise and give this money on no less than 5 separate occasions.
Anonymous charity has long been considered one of the most honorable types of charitable giving, but Trump has not practiced that in this case.
While Trump could have kept quiet about his fundraising, he didn’t. Here are five examples in which Trump or his campaign touted their plans to hold the veterans fundraiser opposite the Jan. 28 Fox News debate in Iowa.
• Press conference in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 26.
• Statement by the Trump campaign, tweeted out by Trump, Jan. 26
• Tweet, Jan. 28.
• Tweet, Jan. 28.
• Statement by the Trump campaign after the event.
The second ‘charitable’ lie is what Fahrenthold uncovered about Trump’s charitable giving: despite having claimed from “millions” to “tens of millions” in personal giving, it turns out he just didn’t.
The Washington Post has spent the past few months searching for evidence of that kind of personal donation, without much success. The Post has called 326 charities with connections to Trump, asking if they had received a gift of the nominee’s own money. Between 2008 and this May, that search turned up just one gift, from 2009. It worth less than $10,000.
Some men just want to watch the world burn.
Unlike the fictional Joker, there are certainly people who would gladly watch the world burned it if took down their enemies. Apparently, Donald doesn’t know the Chinese proverb: when you pursue revenge, dig two graves. One for your enemy and one for yourself.
He said that he saw thousands in New Jersey cheered when World Trade Center tumbled. He didn’t. He simply couldn’t have and has produced zero evidence that he actually did so. Trump swallowed an urban legend and burped a whopper then couldn’t admit it. That’s fine for an average person, not so much for someone with their finger on our nuclear trigger.
Trump said he “watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering” as the World Trade Center collapsed.
This defies basic logic. If thousands and thousands of people were celebrating the 9/11 attacks on American soil, many people beyond Trump would remember it. And in the 21st century, there would be video or visual evidence.
Instead, all we found were a couple of news articles that described rumors of celebrations that were either debunked or unproven.
Or when he claimed via tweet that blacks killed 81% of white homicide victims. This is simply an inflammatory, untrue, dangerous statement.
This is the image that he retweeted:
None of the numbers are supported by official sources. The figures on black-on-white homicides and white-on-white homicides are wildly inaccurate. And, as several news organizations quickly noted, the “Crime Statistics Bureau” doesn’t exist. We looked for that agency as well and the closest we found in San Francisco were a number of crime scene clean-up services.
If lying were a professional sport, Donald Trump would unquestionably be an international world champion.