Trump’s False and Misleading Claims

I interrupt my series of posts on the evacuation of Saigon to quote from an email yesterday from the Washington Post:

President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days

Unraveling President Trump’s top 5 claims | The Fact Checker

The Fact Checker is keeping a running list of the false or misleading claims Trump says most regularly. Here’s our latest tally as of July 31, 2018. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)

By Glenn KesslerSalvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly  August 1 at 3:00 AM

Because of summer vacation schedules, we had fallen a month behind in updating The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.

It turns out that’s when the president decided to turn on the spigots of false and misleading claims. As of day 558, he’s made 4,229 Trumpian claims — an increase of 978 in just two months.

That’s an average of nearly 7.6 claims a day.

When we first started this project for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. But the average number of claims per day keeps climbing the longer Trump stays in office. In fact, in June and July, the president averaged 16 claims a day.

Put another way: In his first year as president, Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims. Now, just six months later, he has almost doubled that total.

End of quote.

As I reported earlier, because I changed the timeframe of my novel Secretocracy to 2018, I’m having to alter the text daily as new scandals surface. As it happens, the 1 August announcement by the Post comes one day before, in the novel, the administration withdraws the security clearances of the novel’s protagonist, Gene.

It’s all fitting like a glove.

2 thoughts on “Trump’s False and Misleading Claims”

  1. I’m surprised & disappointed by your comments. The Washington Posts is a political bias, liberal-leaning, democratic loving newspaper & always has been. Any fact checking they do has to be weighed against this left-leaning bias.

    If Trump walked across the Potomac today, tomorrow The Post would report that the president can’t swim. The real problem in Washington is that Trump won’t play by their rules and unlike most Republicans is not afraid to fight back. Does he stretch the truth? Perhaps, but compared to some Trump haters like Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi & Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren, Trump’s statements are simply counter punches to their lies.


  2. Sorry, Peter, but we don’t see it the same way. The Washington Post, the New York Tines, and National Public Radio are my three main sources of news. All three cling to the journalist’s credo of simply reporting the facts without bias. Virtually all press outlets tell the same story about Trump’s lies. As an American, I’m shamed.


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