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.
|2017.11.20||Donald Trump's foundation, which last year admitted violating federal rules on "self-dealing," is in the process of dissolving. nbcnews.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption)|
|2017.11.20||Donald Trump’s golf courses paid back more than $158,000 to Trump’s charitable foundation this year, reimbursing the charity for money that had been used to settle a lawsuit against the club. washingtonpost.com (See also Corruption, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.22||Donald Trump's team insists he has a ‘full schedule’ an hour before he goes golfing. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.11.25||Donald Trump now says that it wasn't him on the Access Hollywood Tape where he boasted about sexually assaulting women. nymag.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Misogyny, Women)|
Narrator: It was.
|2017.11.29||Donald Trump lied when he said that he won't benefit from the proposed GOP tax plan, when in fact, Trump and his family could save more than $1 billion. nbcnews.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.11.30||The Treasury Department’s inspector general is examining whether political considerations interfered with Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s promised analysis of the Republican tax proposal. bloomberg.com (See also Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, Corruption)|
|2017.12.02||While Donald Trump has called claims of unusual contacts with Russia a “hoax,” emails show top administration aides closely tracked Michael T. Flynn’s calls to the Russian ambassador. nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Michael Flynn, Legal Issues)|
|2017.12.03||As the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation draws closer to him, President Trump on Sunday unleashed an extraordinary assault on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, calling it a biased institution whose reputation for fairness was “in tatters.” nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Unprecedented Actions, Russian Meddling in Election, Michael Flynn)|
|2017.12.03||Despite apologizing over a year ago for bathroom talk, and Trump now saying that he didn't think it was his voice on the tape, Billy Bush clearly affirmed, "he said it. 'grab 'em by the pussy.'" nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Women, Misogyny)|
|2017.12.03||Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year. newsweek.com (See also Jared Kushner, Israel, Unprecedented Actions)|
Yet another omission was discovered on Jared Kushner’s financial disclosure forms Friday, as news broke of his reported involvement in attempting to sway a U.N. Security Council vote before Donald Trump became president.
|2017.12.04||A construction company owned in part by the governments of Saudi Arabia and South Korea plans to build a Trump-branded luxury resort development in Indonesia despite a vow from Donald Trump that his family business would not make any deals with foreign government entities while he serves as president. mcclatchydc.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Trump Business, Saudi Arabia)|
|2017.12.04||John Dowd, Donald Trump's outside lawyer, outlined a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice. axios.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election)|
Note that the Articles of Impeachment against Richard Nixon began by saying he "obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice."
|2017.12.04||K.T. McFarland, a former aide to President Trump, told a senator that she did not talk with Michael T. Flynn about his contacts with a Russian official, but recently surfaced emails suggest she knew of a key phone call. nytimes.com (See also Michael Flynn, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.12.05||Democrats have placed a hold on the nomination of KT McFarland to be ambassador to Singapore until she answers their questions about her knowledge of communications between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. cnn.com (See also Michael Flynn, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.12.06||Donald Trump Jr., while being interviewed privately by the House Intelligence Committee following disclosures that Democrats say must be explored in the probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia before the 2016 election, said that he couldn't answer questions about what he told his father after a controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, citing attorney-client privilege. bloomberg.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
That's not how attorney-client privilege works.
|2017.12.07||The British publicist who arranged the June 2016 meeting with Russians and Donald Trump Jr. sent multiple emails to a Russian participant and a member of Donald Trump's inner circle later that summer, the first indication there was any follow-up after the meeting. cnn.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia, 2016 Campaign)|
|2017.12.08||FCC Chair Ajit Pai says the agency's net-neutrality rules are discouraging investment, leaving consumers with fewer, and less robust, choices for internet service, and potentially widening the digital divide, but broadband providers' own financial reports tell a different story. wired.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.12.10||Trump falsely stated that black home ownership has hit a record high under his stewardship, and made the dubious claim that he set Canada’s prime minister straight on the state of trade between the two countries, among many other false statements at a rally in Pensacola, Florida. apnews.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Black Americans, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.12.11||Donald Trump is taking credit for killing hundreds of regulations that were already dead in the first place. bloomberg.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.12.11||The U.S. Treasury Department released a one-page analysis of the GOP's proposed tax reform plan, acknowledging that the tax plan will not pay for itself via economic growth, despite Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin having regularly made such a claim. axios.com (See also Steven Mnuchin, Department of the Treasury)|
Instead, getting into the black would require "a combination of regulatory reform, infrastructure development, and welfare reform."
|2017.12.12||Donald Trump made three provably false statements in a single tweet. cnn.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Russia, Women, Legal Issues, Misogyny, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2017.12.12||Following reports that Wilbur Ross vastly overvalued his wealth and failed to disclose his holdings in a Russian shipping company partly owned by Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law, whose long relationship with Donald Trump has been tested by the disclosures, is facing scrutiny by European lawmakers over allegations that he engaged in insider trading related to his 2014 sale of shares in the Bank of Ireland. motherjones.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce, Conflicts of Interest, Corruption, Criminality)|
|2017.12.13||Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety division withdrew his name from consideration for the post in the face of mounting opposition, due to his studies which often bolstered safety claims by manufacturers of pesticides, flame retardants and other products listed as possible public health hazards. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Rejected or Withdrawn Appointments, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.12.14||Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appeared in a video promoting the end of net neutrality regulations with a woman who has been accused of pushing the false "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory. buzzfeed.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
Objectively speaking, it's a terrible video.
|2017.12.14||Donald Trump’s supporters asked us to compare his lies to the number of lies from Obama and other presidents - we did. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, 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.