Donald Trump presented a list of economic policy proposals today in Detroit, Michigan.
The speech was so pathetically lie-ridden that fact checkers were able to rebut the presidential candidate’s remarks in real time.
The fact checkers busying themselves with Trump’s speech were Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee of the Washington Post.
According to Media Matters, Kessler has long been a vocal critic of the way media tends to let Trump get away with his lies.
‘Kessler has criticized the media for being reluctant to “challenge Trump when he makes a claim that already has been found to be false” and allowing Trump to make “Four-Pinocchio statements over and over again.”’
The lies that Kessler and Ye Hee Lee sought to unearth in Trump’s speech picked up right away.
For example, early in his speech, Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton said she plans to raise taxes on the middle class.
That’s flat out false, and Trump’s assertion is simply an exploitation of mishearing Clinton’s remarks. Clinton wasn’t entirely articulate, but she didn’t ever say she planned to raise taxes on the middle class.
False, Clinton didn't say she wanted to raise taxes on the middle class. This is pathetic, even embarrassing spin. https://t.co/X0AlkWUWL5
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) August 8, 2016
One of Trump’s other more notable lies is his drastic exaggeration of the unemployment rate. He consistently claims the rate to be 23 percent — which, again, simply isn’t true.
The real current United States unemployment rate is 4.9 percent.
We gave 4 Pinocchios to Trump's claims about the unemployment rate https://t.co/Ms2BRbjORu
— Michelle Ye Hee Lee (@myhlee) August 8, 2016
The rest of Trump’s lies can be examined at this link.
Trump has certainly made lying an integral part of his campaign since day one.
Just take a look at Politifact’s full Donald Trump file. The site dedicated to fact checking political candidates’ remarks actually notes that Trump received “PolitiFact’s 2015 Lie of the Year.”
Only 4 percent of Trump’s examined statements get a rating of “True,” and approximately 30 percent of Trump’s statements have some level of truth, according to Politifact. Thus, 70 percent of Trump’s statements are varying levels of absolute imagination. Trump’s statements fall most often into a very telling category — “False.”
Featured below is Politifact’s graph of the varying levels of truth to Trump’s statements over the months of his presidential campaign.
This kind of obsessive lying exposes quite well what the Trump campaign and its backers really stand for. Trump and his voters are obsessed with one thing and one thing only — themselves, in some sort of sickening pathological narcissism. Trump voters have proudly proclaimed time and time again their allegiance to him over any other consideration.
Thus, they would still vote for the presidential candidate even if he “shot someone right in the middle of Fifth Avenue,” to use a phrase employed by the candidate himself.
That’s not okay. Trump is pulling out from the fringes of American society all of the hatred he can find. Trump doesn’t really care about some complicated plan to help America’s poor, and his backers don’t, either.
Although he doesn’t have much of a chance at winning the White House, a Trump presidency is still possible. Such a possibility should be a primary concern of those wanting to keep a pathological liar out of one of the most powerful positions in the world.
Featured below is Trump’s full speech.
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