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.
|2017.06.22||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)|
|2017.09.03||The Justice Department said in a court filing that it has no evidence to support Donald Trump's assertion that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower before last year's election. cnn.com (See also Legal Issues, Department of Justice)|
|2017.09.10||Donald Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, spent the day sharing with the world videos of Hurricane Irma’s fury in Florida - even fraudulent ones that had to be corrected by the Miami International Airport. washingtonpost.com (See also Administration Errors)|
|2017.09.15||Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be “workmanlike,” and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. apnews.com (See also Unprecedented Actions)|
Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president’s residence in Washington, but nothing has yet gone to charity.
|2017.09.18||Donald Trump’s tweet about long gas lines in North Korea has residents puzzled, as there are no lines at the few service stations in Pyongyang, a city of about 2 million people. washingtonpost.com (See also North Korea)|
|2017.09.27||A list of things Donald Trump said would happen "soon." nytimes.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2017.09.27||Despite what Donald Trump says publicly, the tax plan that his administration outlined is a potentially huge windfall for the wealthiest Americans - including Trump and his cabinet - would not directly benefit the bottom third of the population, and provide mixed to modest results for the middle class. nytimes.com (See also Trump Taxes, Trump Cabinet, Economy)|
|2017.09.29||The Republican tax plan promoted by Donald Trump this week as a middle-class tax cut would instead overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans and businesses. nytimes.com (See also Trump Taxes)|
|2017.10.03||Despite Donald Trump saying that Puerto Rico's debt would be "wiped out," his budget chief, Mick Mulvaney said that we should not take the president's words literally. bloomberg.com (See also Administration Errors, Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget)|
|2017.10.03||Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, saying it wasn't a "real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrina. buzzfeed.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.10.08||Donald Trump today claims to have invented the word "fake," referring to it as “one of the greatest of all terms” that he’s come up with, and though acknowledged that “other people have used it, perhaps, over the years,” it’s not something he ever noticed. avclub.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.10.08||Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, North Korea, Iran, Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, John Kelly)|
|2017.10.10||As of his 264th day in office, Donald Trump has made 1,318 false claims, averaging five lies a day, even picking up pace since the six-month mark. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Assaults on Facts, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2017.10.13||Donald Trump and Republican leaders have positioned a proposed repeal of the estate tax as a way to help farmers, ranchers and small business owners, but Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, offered a significant concession about who would benefit the most if the so-called death tax disappears: the rich. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin)|
|2017.10.13||The head of a government bureau responsible for clearing background checks told lawmakers Wednesday he has "never seen that level of mistakes" when asked about numerous omissions in Jared Kushner's security clearance application. cnn.com (See also Jared Kushner)|
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.