False Statements

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.

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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.