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.
|2015.07.14||Trump says Obamacare never worked and costed $5 billion. politifact.com (See also 2016 Campaign)|
|2015.07.17||Trump falsely claims to be ten times as popular as anyone else on Google. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Campaign, claims)|
|2015.07.20||Donald Trump claims if you're from Syria and a Christian, you can't come to the U.S. as a refugee. politifact.com (See also Immigration, Syria, Muslim Immigration Ban, 2016 Campaign)|
This is false - there is nothing in the US laws or regulations that discriminates against Christian refugees
|2015.07.29||Trump calls attorney Elizabeth Beck a "vicious, horrible person" for recounting a 2011 incident in which he called her "disgusting" for needing to pump breast milk. cnn.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Assaults on Facts, Women)|
|2016.02.25||In a Republican primary debate, Trump falsely claims he cannot release his tax returns because they are under audit. politico.com (See also Trump Taxes, 2016 Campaign)|
There is no legal restriction preventing him from releasing his tax returns even if he's being audited. They are his to release if he sees fit to do so.
|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)|
|2016.09.06||Trump mangles facts on Clinton and Haiti jobs project in a speech, claiming Clinton ignored environmental and labor rules. politifact.com (See also 2016 Campaign)|
|2016.09.09||During debate, Trump falsely claims Clinton won't mention "radical Islamic terrorists." politifact.com |
In response to a question by a Muslim woman about anti-Muslim bias during the town hall presidential debate, Donald Trump said that the United States has a problem with "radical Islamic terr...
|2016.09.09||Trump falsely claims Hillary Clinton "vicious" with women who charged abuse by Bill Clinton. politifact.com |
Donald Trump said at the second presidential debate that his lewd 2005 comments were "locker room talk," but what Bill and Hillary Clinton did was much worse. "If you look at Bill Clint...
|2016.09.09||Trump falsely claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers endorsed him. politifact.com (See also 2016 Campaign)|
|2016.09.09||Trump wildly overstates number of requests for help Ambassador Christopher Stevens sent from Benghazi. politifact.com|
|2016.09.15||Trump claims NAFTA has "horribly, horribly hurt" New York. Manufacturing jobs are down, but NAFTA is not the clear cause. politifact.com|
|2016.09.26||In a presidential debate, Trump repeats his false claim that he cannot release his tax returns because he is under audit. latimes.com (See also Trump Taxes)|
|2016.09.28||In a untrue claim at a campaign rally, Trump says Hillary Clinton 'gave up' one-fifth of U.S. uranium to Russia. politifact.com|
|2016.10.09||Trump falsely claims in a presidential debate that investor Warren Buffett took a larger tax deduction than Trump did. politifact.com (See also Trump Taxes)|
|2016.10.10||Trump claims "I've been proven right" that Clinton wants open borders so anyone can enter United States. politifact.com|
|2016.10.13||Trump falsely asserts in a speech that workers are making less than they did 20 years ago despite working harder. politifact.com |
Donald Trump attracted the most attention at an Oct. 13 rally in Florida for denying allegations that he had groped multiple women and for floating a variety of conspiracy theories. But he also offere...
|2016.10.19||In a presidential debate Trump claims Clinton's tax plan will "double your taxes." This is untrue. politifact.com|
|2016.10.19||In a presidential debate Trump falsely claims Clinton wants "open borders." politifact.com (See also Immigrants)|
Donald Trump says that Hillary Clinton wants open borders — a charge he has leveled again after an excerpt of one of her speeches leaked in a hacked email. "We have no country if we have no...
|2016.10.19||Trump falsely claims that Chicago has more gun violence despite "stringent gun laws." politifact.com (See also Fa)|
|2016.10.25||Trump claims the wife of the person in charge of investigating Hillary Clinton's email received a $675,000 payment. politifact.com|
|2016.11.01||Trump falsely claims in a campaign speech that people's health care costs more than their mortgages or rents for the first time in U.S. history. politifact.com|
|2016.11.02||Video is uncovered showing Trump with mob leader he previously denied knowing. yahoo.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Assaults on Facts)|
|2016.11.04||Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in 1996 before she received legal authorization to work in the United States, despite her claims she obeyed immigration laws. washingtonpost.com (See also Melania Trump, Immigrants)|
|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.
|2016.12.04||Pence tries to defend Trump’s false claim that "millions" voted illegally. washingtonpost.com (See also Mike Pence, Assaults on Facts, 2016 Election)|
It's an awkward 3-minute exchange.
|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)|
|2017.01.06||Trump tweets that "Activities by foreign governments had 'absolutely no effect on the outcome of this election'." This is false. politifact.com|
|2017.01.09||Trump says D.C.’s dress shops are sold out of inauguration gowns, but Neiman Marcus says they have ample stock. washingtonpost.com|
|2017.01.14||Falsely claims Georgia's 5th congressional district, represented by John Lewis, is "in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)." politifact.com|
|2017.01.15||Trump claims to cancel MLK day visit to African American history museum, but was never planning on being in Washington DC in the first place. nydailynews.com (See also Racism)|
|2017.01.17||General Motors announced a $1B U.S. investment, but the company stresses that this move was not influenced by the president-elect. nbcnews.com (See also Jobs)|
|2017.01.20||Sean Spicer's first news conference pushes a lie, and it's part of a pattern. weeklystandard.com (See also Sean Spicer)|
|2017.01.21||AP Fact check: Trump overstates crowd size at inaugural. apnewsarchive.com (See also First 100 Days)|
"THE FACTS: Trump is wrong. Photos of the National Mall from his inauguration make clear that the crowd did not extend to the Washington Monument. Large swaths of empty space are visible on the Mall."
|2017.01.21||Donald Trump lies about the number of people at his inauguration buzzfeed.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.01.21||In his remarks to the CIA, Trump falsely claims that it was "sunny" during his inaugural address the previous day, when in fact a light rain fell throughout his address. nytimes.com|
|2017.01.21||Official statement by Sean Spicer attacking accurate reporting of inaugural crowds. whitehouse.gov (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.01.21||Trump and his press secretary falsely accuse press of underestimating the size of inauguration crowds and inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies over Russian election meddling. nytimes.com (See also Feuds, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.01.21||Trump says media are "among the most dishonest human beings on Earth" during speech at CIA headquarters. money.cnn.com (See also Feuds, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.01.21||Trump’s press secretary lashes out at press for accurately reporting inauguration attendance. washingtonpost.com (See also Feuds, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.01.22||Spicer earns Four Pinocchios for false claims on inauguration crowd size. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.01.22||Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway says Trump’s team has "alternative facts." washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
When asked why the president uttered a provable falsehood about the size of his inauguration crowd, Conway said the interviewer shouldn't be "so overly dramatic about it."
|2017.01.22||Trump press secretary Kellyanne Conway calls false statements about the size of the inauguration crowd "alternative facts." nbcnews.com (See also Kellyanne Conway, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.01.22||Trump won’t release his tax returns because people don’t care and they voted for him, but 74 percent of Americans want him to do so. washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Taxes, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.01.23||Sean Spicer lies for second straight day about inauguration ratings and statistics. vulture.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
Regardless of how Spicer and the Trump administration want to spin the numbers, or play cute with language, all available evidence suggests Trump’s inauguration fell far short of being the historical juggernaut they claim it was.
|2017.01.23||Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary defends his false statements about inauguration crowds And makes some new questionable claims. motherjones.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.01.23||Trump tells lawmakers 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote. There is no evidence this occurred. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Election)|
|2017.01.23||Trump’s press secretary said the federal workforce has seen a "dramatic expansion." It has not. vox.com (See also Jobs, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.01.23||Without evidence, Trump tells lawmakers 3-5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Election, Unpresidential Behavior, Assaults on Facts)|
There is no evidence of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 election.
|2017.01.24||Trump Spokesman Sean Spicer reiterated Trump's claim again, with zero evidence that millions of people voted illegally. buzzfeed.com (See also Assaults on Facts, 2016 Election, Sean Spicer)|
The president believed millions voted illegally based on "studies" but he did not elaborate on what those studies were.
|2017.01.25||Trump tells a story about Bernhard Langer, riddled with falsehoods and racism, to House and Senate leaders to justify voter fraud investigation. nytimes.com (See also Racism)|
|2017.01.26||Trump falsely claims two people were killed in Chicago during Obama's farewell speech. buzzfeed.com (See also Assaults on Facts)|
Chicago Police confirm that there were no fatal shootings on January 10th, the day of Obama's speech.
|2017.01.26||Trump falsely told a group of Republican lawmakers that the murder rate in Philadelphia is “just terribly increasing.” buzzfeed.com |
The homicide rate in Philadelphia has been steadily declining over the past decade.
|2017.01.26||Trump repeated his false claim that there was rampant voter fraud in the election washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.02.02||Kellyanne Conway defends Muslim ban by citing a nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre" supposedly carried out by Iraqi refugees. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigrants, Iraq)|
|2017.02.03||The Star’s running tally of Trump's bald-faced lies, exaggerations and deceptions: all 42 false things Trump has said since the inauguration. thestar.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.04||Data shows Trump's claim that banks aren't making loans is false. bloomberg.com (See also First 100 Days, Executive Orders, Economy)|
As he prepared to sign orders designed to roll back bank regulations enacted to stop the next financial crisis, President Donald Trump said that the rules are stifling lending.
|2017.02.04||Trump posts a report falsely claiming Kuwait issued a visa ban on Muslim majority nations to his Facebook page. buzzfeed.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Assaults on Facts)|
The report claimed that Kuwait had also issued a visa ban on several Muslim-majority countries after President Trump's immigration order. They didn't.
|2017.02.04||Trump shares fake news article about an immigration ban by Kuwait on his Facebook page. teenvogue.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Muslim Immigration Ban, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.06||Trump accuses media of intentionally covering terrorist attacks. washingtonpost.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.06||Trump makes misleading statements on Facebook about immigration ban. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration, Executive Orders)|
President Trump and his aides have repeatedly suggested that his travel ban is an outgrowth of Obama administration policy.
|2017.02.06||White House press secretary Sean Spicer resurrects repeatedly debunked false claims that people protesting President Donald Trump are actually bankrolled by well-funded progressive organizations to discredit anti-Trump protests. mediamatters.org (See also Assaults on Facts, Attempts to Discredit Media, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.02.07||As Trump falsely claims widespread voter fraud, Republican-led committee divides along party lines over independent election commission meant to help states improve voting systems and votes to eliminate them. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud, Assaults on Facts, Corruption)|
|2017.02.07||In meeting with sheriffs, Trump repeats false murder rate statistic when the rate is in fact near historic lows, at less than half its peak. npr.org (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.07||Jack Tapper questions Conway sharply about Trump’s false claims politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.07||The full list of Trump's 'under-reported' terror attacks – and how they were reported worldwide. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
What does the White House’s choice of ‘cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report’ tell us?
|2017.02.07||Trump faults media while lying about murder rate money.cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.07||Trump lies to a group of sheriffs about the U.S. murder rate being its highest in 45 to 47 years. It's at the lowest point in 50 years. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.07||Trump tells Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly that the media and other critics are wrong when they attempt to characterize his policies as anti-Muslim or anti-black. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Racism, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.07||Trump: "I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!" twitter.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russia)|
|2017.02.08||Press Secretary Sean Spicer cites Atlanta terror attack that never happened. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.02.08||Trump wrong that murder rate is highest in 47 years politifact.com (See also First 100 Days, Public Safety)|
|2017.02.08||White House claim that media underreported terrorism comes straight from right-wing fringe sites. mediamatters.org (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.09||Flynn is said to have talked to Russians about sanctions before Trump took office raising the prospect that Trump’s national security adviser violated the Logan Act, a law against private citizens’ engaging in diplomacy. mobile.nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Michael Flynn, Russia, Constitutional Issues)|
|2017.02.09||Sean Spicer corrected his contention that a terror attack took place in Atlanta, saying he meant Orlando despite having repeated the statement three different times. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.02.11||Trump and administration tell easily disproved lies on terrorism, murder rates, and the press. teenvogue.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.12||Policy advisor Stephen Miller advances false claims about voter fraud and says White House will fight for Muslim immigration ban. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Voter Fraud, Stephen Miller)|
|2017.02.12||Top Trump aide Stephen Miller spreads voter-fraud claims that have been repeatedly found to be exaggerated or false. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Stephen Miller, Voter Fraud)|
|2017.02.12||Trump lies on Twitter, claiming Bernie Sanders called CNN "fake news." Sanders was making a joke about Trump's opinion on CNN. politifact.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.14||No non-citizens voted in voter fraud case cited by White House Trump’s deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.16||University of Pennsylvania’s student-run newspaper reports that school records show Trump did not graduate in the top 15 percent of his class in 1968 despite his claims. phillyvoice.com|
|2017.02.18||Trump cites non-existent terrorist attack ‘last night in Sweden’ to justify Muslim ban at Florida rally rawstory.com (See also First 100 Days, 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)|
|2017.02.24||Trump tells a conservative group that journalists are the "enemy of the people," accusing reporters of endangering nation for printing news that makes him look bad, then his press secretary bars journalists from major media from a daily White House briefing. nytimes.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.02.28||Trump says Obama is helping to organize protests against his presidency. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
There is no evidence that Obama has been personally involved in mobilizing opposition to Trump
|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)|
|2017.03.21||Trump makes false claim that doctors are leaving the profession because of the Affordable Care Act. apnews.com (See also Affordable Care Act, First 100 Days)|
|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)|
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.