Trump frequently makes false statements, large and small, unintentionally or otherwise. Politifact, a Pulitzer-prize winning service that evaluates the statements of politicians for their honesty, awarded his 2015 political statements with their "Lie of the Year" designation. According to their statistics, 4 percent of his statements are true. Eleven percent are "mostly true." Another 15 percent are "half true." The remaining 70 percent range from "mostly false" to "pants on fire." (Source: Politifact.)
See also Assaults on Facts.
|1988.03.27||Trump is videotaped with mob leader he later claims he never met. yahoo.com (See also Criminality)|
|2002.9.11||Trump tells Howard Stern he guesses he supports invading Iraq. soundcloud.com |
Trump will later claim he was opposed to the war.
|2016.08.24||Chicago Police say Trump lied about a meeting where he says they told him they could stop crime within a week if they were allowed to, "be tough." mediaite.com (See also 2016 Campaign)|
|2016.11.02||Video is uncovered showing Trump with mob leader he previously denied knowing. yahoo.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Assaults on Facts)|
|2016.12.02||Trump tells Cincinnati rally that violent crime is at a 45-year high. qz.com (See also Presidential Transition)|
It's actually at a 51-year low, according to latest FBI data.
|2016.12.26||Newt Gingrich admits Donald Trump doesn't have plan to beat ISIS. independent.co.uk (See also Presidential Transition, ISIS, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.22||Russian officials contradict Trump's claim that his campaign team had no contact with Russia by admitting they had been in contact with members of his staff. independent.co.uk (See also First 100 Days, Trump, Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.24||Trump falsely claims that Obamacare covers ‘very few people.’ politico.com (See also obamacare, First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.07||Trump incorrectly blames Barack Obama, not George W. Bush, for the release of more than 100 Guantánamo captives who U.S. intelligence agencies consider recidivists. miamiherald.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.10||In his first 50 days in office, Donald Trump has made 219 false or misleading statements. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, First 100 Days)|
Throughout President Trump’s first 100 days, the Fact Checker team will be tracking false and misleading claims made by the president since Jan. 20.
|2017.03.12||Trump refuses to say if he's donating presidential salary, despite promising to do so on "60 Minutes." nbcnews.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.13||Department of Justice asks for more time to respond to a request from lawmakers for evidence about Trump's allegation that then-President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 election campaign. reuters.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.06.05||Trump announced a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia in May to much fanfare, but the only problem is that it doesn't exist. brookings.edu (See also Saudi Arabia, Corruption)|
|2017.06.22||Trump claimed Mexico is the second deadliest country in the world. It's not. buzzfeed.com (See also Mexico, Mexico Wall, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.06.22||Trump delivered speeches from factories at Boeing and Carrier, taking credit for the jobs he was saving, but they are now cutting hundreds of those positions. buzzfeed.com (See also Jobs, Domestic Policy)|
|2017.06.29||The Trump administration has appointed an activist who led a campaign to restrict bathroom access for transgender students to the office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the US Agency for International Development. buzzfeed.com (See also LGBTQIA, Women)|
|2017.07.07||The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories, going far beyond the Trump administration’s publicly stated aims to only target "the worst" criminals. propublica.org (See also Immigrants)|
|2017.07.17||Trump says he has signed more bills than any President ever. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Narcissism)|
|2017.07.25||Trump falsely claimed that the crowd size at his Boy Scout Jamboree speech was "record-setting." buzzfeed.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Narcissism)|
The largest jamboree on record was in 1960, the Boy Scouts of America told BuzzFeed News.
|2017.08.02||Trump is apparently lying about two phone calls during which he claims officials called him to offer him praise - one from the President of Mexico about immigration, and another from the Boy Scouts. thinkprogress.org (See also Assaults on Facts, Mexico, Immigration, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.08.03||The Washington Post on Thursday published transcripts of Trump’s January phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia — and they include plenty of bizarre, surreal, and stunning moments. buzzfeed.com (See also Foreign Policy, Mexico Wall, Mexico, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.08.09||Despite Trump's tweet claiming that his first order as president was to renovate and modernize the nuclear arsenal, experts called his statement "completely false," "a total lie," "patently absurd," and "misleading." buzzfeed.com (See also North Korea)|
Experts called Trump's tweet claiming that his first order as president was to renovate and modernize the nuclear arsenal "completely false."
|2017.08.10||About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can address large-scale voter fraud, which is not a problem in the United States. washingtonpost.com (See also Fascism, Assaults on Facts)|
A significant number of Republicans would support flagrant violations of democratic norms.
|2017.08.10||Sam Clovis, Donald Trump's pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, pushed unfounded theories about then-President Barack Obama's upbringing and called then-Attorney General Eric Holder a "racist black." cnn.com (See also Department of Agriculture, Racism)|
Sam Clovis, Donald Trump's pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, pushed unfounded theories about then-President Barack Obama's upbringing and called then-Attorney General Eric Holder a "racist black," a CNN KFile review of Clovis's writings and radio broadcasts during 2012 and 2013 has found.
|2017.08.16||Trump’s personal lawyer forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter “has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.” nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Black Americans)|
Writing for Teen Vogue, Lauren Duca writes:
Trump won the Presidency by gas light. His rise to power has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception. Civil rights are now on trial, though before we can fight to reassert the march toward equality, we must regain control of the truth. If that seems melodramatic, I would encourage you to dump a bucket of ice over your head while listening to “Duel of the Fates." Donald Trump is our President now; it’s time to wake up.
"Gas lighting" is a buzzy name for a terrifying strategy currently being used to weaken and blind the American electorate. We are collectively being treated like Bella Manningham in the 1938 Victorian thriller from which the term "gas light" takes its name. In the play, Jack terrorizes his wife Bella into questioning her reality by blaming her for mischievously misplacing household items which he systematically hides. Doubting whether her perspective can be trusted, Bella clings to a single shred of evidence: the dimming of the gas lights that accompanies the late night execution of Jack’s trickery. The wavering flame is the one thing that holds her conviction in place as she wriggles free of her captor’s control.
To gas light is to psychologically manipulate a person to the point where they question their own sanity, and that’s precisely what Trump is doing to this country.