Politicians of every leaning have a reputation for being a bit dishonest. Even well-intentioned ones will occasionally cite a misleading statistic or omit data that reflects poorly on their positions. It’s not necessarily a good thing, but we’ve learned to accept a certain amount of dishonesty in the political process. However, Donald Trump is something else entirely. POLITICO spent one week fact checking the GOP nominee and said that he made 86 false statements over a five day period.
‘According to POLITICO’s five-day analysis, Trump averaged one falsehood every 3 minutes and 15 seconds over nearly five hours of remarks.’
Politco freely admitted that Hillary Clinton is no paragon of honesty, but said that her list of falsehoods paled in comparison to Trump’s.
‘Trump’s mishandling of facts and propensity for exaggeration so greatly exceed Clinton’s as to make the comparison almost ludicrous.’
Considering the fact that Trump lied 89 times, we can’t really list them all here, but we’ve decided to pick out a few of the best and you can always check out Poltico’s story if you want more.
For starters, let’s look at some of the lies Trump has told regarding the economy and national security, since those are two areas in which he leads Clinton in some polls.
On the economy, POLITICO found several instances of Trump lying regarding free trade agreements and Clinton’s stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Regarding NAFTA, which Bill Clinton signed into law, Trump characterized it as a “one-way street” taking jobs out of the country.
‘This NAFTA is a one-way street right out of our country. Our jobs go right out of our country, our companies. It’s a one-way street for our companies and our jobs to get out of here. Nobody comes in. Did you ever hear of NAFTA coming in and bringing jobs? Did you ever hear of a new company opening in upstate New York because of NAFTA.’
It’s true that NAFTA has cost Americans jobs and there are many, on the left and right, who oppose such trade agreements. Bernie Sanders made free trade agreements a major issue of his campaign. However, as POLITICO pointed out, the US Trade Representative’s Office estimates that NAFTA is responsible for the creation of 3 million jobs in the United States. It could certainly be argued that NAFTA has cost the US more jobs than have been gained, but it’s simply untrue to state that NAFTA has created no jobs.
Trump also attacked Clinton for her support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. There are several instances — as many as 45 — of Clinton supporting the trade agreement, but she has since renounced her support of the deal.
Another area in which Trump has twisted the truth is in the area of national security. For instance, he famously claimed that Clinton and President Obama helped found ISIS which is simply absurd. One could argue that President Obama was not tough enough on ISIS, but it’s absurd to say his polices gave rise to ISIS since the terrorist organization traces its roots back to 2004.
Regarding the Iraq War, Trump says he opposed it from the very beginning, but, in 2002, he told Howard Stern that he supported the invasion.
Not only has Trump lied about Clinton’s polices. He’s also told several lies about the woman herself. For instance, he once claimed that Clinton “stole” “his” campaign tactic of appearing in front of an airplane despite the fact that presidents have used airplanes as backdrops for years.
These are just a handful of Trump’s lies, falsehoods and half-truths. If you want to see the entire list then feel free to check out Politco’s story.
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