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)
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.
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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.