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.
|2018.02.13||The White House changed its story on Tuesday about how it handled allegations of spousal abuse against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who resigned in disgrace, conceding that the F.B.I. told White House career officials last summer about problems in Mr. Porter’s background check, but members of President Trump’s team said top advisers in the West Wing were kept in the dark. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Resignations and Dismissals)|
|2018.02.14||Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements to create a pretext for taxpayers to cover expenses for the secretary’s wife on a 10-day trip to Europe last summer, the agency’s inspector general has found. washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Cabinet, Department of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin)|
Shulkin is one of five current and former Trump administration Cabinet members under investigation by agency inspectors general over their travel expenses.
|2018.02.22||In a memo distributed to staff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services—the agency tasked with processing citizenship for applicants—announced it has scrubbed a passage of its mission statement of references to the U.S. being a nation of immigrants. splinternews.com (See also Nationalism, Immigration)|
|2018.03.01||The top lobbyist for the National Rifle Association claimed late Thursday that Donald Trump had already retreated from his surprising support a day earlier for gun control measures after a meeting with N.R.A. officials and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Mike Pence)|
|2018.03.02||In the 406 days since he took the oath of office, Donald Trump has made 2,436 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Assaults on Facts)|
That's an average of six lies each and every day.
|2018.03.13||The San Francisco spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned over what he described as “false” and “misleading” statements made by top-ranking officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan. washingtonpost.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Jeff Sessions, Department of State, Immigration)|
|2018.03.15||Donald Trump boasted in a fundraising speech that he made up information in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that the United States runs a trade deficit with its neighbor to the north without knowing whether that was true. washingtonpost.com (See also Trade, NAFTA, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.03.18||U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he opposed a proposal for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who have spoken about the matter to investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees. reuters.com (See also leg, Legal Issues, Jeff Sessions, trump, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.03.21||Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a "lack of candor," McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions himself lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives. abcnews.go.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, Resignations and Dismissals)|
|2018.03.28||The Environmental Protection Agency sent staffers eight approved climate change talking points, encouraging staffers to highlight a lack of evidence that ties humans to climate change. thehill.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Assaults on Facts, Climate Change)|
|2018.03.29||Donald Trump repeated a false claim that the border wall has started construction by posting pictures from a 2009 project which was designed to replace a 2.25 mile section in the existing California-Mexico wall. buzzfeed.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Mexico Wall, Immigration)|
|2018.04.05||Donald Trump ditched his “boring” prepared remarks at a tax roundtable in West Virginia, and instead repeated his claim that “millions” of people are voting illegally and boasted that he was right about the threat of Mexican rapists. politico.com (See also Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression, Mexico, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.04.22||Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt met in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where Pruitt was living, despite Pruitt and lobbyist Steven Hart previously denying Hart had conducted any recent business with EPA. theguardian.com (See also Reversals, Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2018.04.23||Donald Trump twice gave James Comey an alibi for why a salacious report about the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow couldn’t be true: He never even spent the night in Russia during that trip, yet the broad timeline of Trump’s stay, stretching from Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, through the following Sunday morning, has been widely reported, and it’s substantiated by social media posts that show he slept in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest. bloomberg.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Russia)|
|2018.04.23||John Bolton, Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, chaired a nonprofit that has promoted misleading and false anti-Muslim news, some of which was amplified by a Russian troll factory. nbcnews.com (See also Muslims, Racism)|
|2018.04.30||A whistleblower from the Environmental Protection Agency says that Administrator Scott Pruitt was "bold-faced" lying when he told members of Congress that no EPA employees were retaliated against for raising concerns about his spending decisions. abcnews.go.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Corruption)|
|2018.05.01||In the 466 days since he took the oath of office, Donald Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. washingtonpost.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.05.02||When Dr. Harold Bornstein described in hyperbolic prose then-candidate Donald Trump's health in 2015, it turns out that Donald Trump dictated the statement. cnn.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Unprecedented Actions, Reversals)|
|2018.05.03||Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor and a recent addition to Donald Trump’s legal team, said that Trump made a series of payments reimbursing his attorney Michael Cohen for a $130,000 settlement with an adult-film actress — despite Trump’s assertion last month that he was unaware of the payment. washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, Legal Issues)|
|2018.05.09||Donald Trump raised the prospect of taking away credentials from news media outlets that he believes are reporting negatively on his administration. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Fascism)|
|2018.05.11||Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, dined last year in Rome with Cardinal George Pell, a prominent climate-science denialist and Vatican leader who was also facing sexual abuse allegations, despite the fact that the EPA later released official descriptions of the dinner that intentionally did not mention the cardinal’s presence. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2018.05.14||Scott Pruitt began receiving round-the-clock security from the moment he stepped foot inside the Environmental Protection Agency in February 2017, at the behest of a Trump administration political appointee, contrary to what he has claimed publicly about his needs for extra security. washingtonpost.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2018.05.15||The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general will investigate whether Scott Pruitt, the agency’s administrator, complied with federal law in his use of E.P.A. email addresses that he did not disclose. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Corruption)|
This is now the 12th federal inquiry into Mr. Pruitt’s management practices at the agency, including first-class travel expenses, the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth and his rental of a $50-a-night condo from the wife of a lobbyist with business before the agency.
|2018.05.16||Donald Trump acknowledged that he has repaid his lawyer Michael Cohen for expenses Cohen occurred during the 2016 presidential election, according to the release of his financial disclosure forms. cnn.com (See also Reversals, Legal Issues, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.05.22||Donald Trump wrongly blamed Democrats for a Trump administration policy that separates parents and their young children caught entering the U.S. illegally. factcheck.org (See also Assaults on Facts, Immigration, Fact-Checking Resources)|
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.