Keeping up with President Donald Trump’s lies is an exhaustive job; however, Politifact continually does a great job at catching him with his pants and whitie tighties on fire. So, of course, they could not ignore his recent interview with TIME magazine. They went through the interview and debunked several of those lies. Here is that list of lies.
1. Sweden Riots
Back in February of this year, Trump made a huge gaffe at a rally when he made the comment, “Look at what’s happening to Sweden.” He was implying there had been some major terrorist attack or riots, or something. However, nothing did happen. When Trump spoke with Time regarding his comments, which were laughed at for days, he said, “Sweden. I make the statement, everyone goes crazy. The next day they have a massive riot, and death, and problems.”
Politifact, however, clears that up.
‘Two days later, a riot broke out in an immigrant-dominated neighborhood near Stockholm. But we found no report of deaths.’
The Washington Post reported that one police officer suffered minor injuries and one person was arrested. That’s a far cry from massive riots and death.
2. News Sources Are Proof That Obama Wiretapped Trump
In his Time interview, he said, “I have articles saying it happened.”
Politifact explained why his statement was false.
‘Trump has emphasized a New York Times report that ran with the print headline, “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides.” The report says the FBI has used intercepted communications in its investigation of several Trump associates and their ties to Russia. But It does not say that Obama ordered this surveillance, nor does it say Trump’s own phones were tapped or that he was under surveillance in any way. Trump’s claim is still wrong.’
Considering the NSA most likely spies on every single one of us, Trump probably has been surveilled. However, that doesn’t mean Obama ordered it specifically as an attack against him.
3. House Intelligence Committee Confirms Obama Wiretapped Him
During the Comey hearing which Trump is referring to, FBI Director James Comey literally said:
‘With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets.’
However, afterwards, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) muddied the water with comments they were inadvertently surveilled after Trump was elected.
However, Politifact cleared that up in their fact-finding.
‘This does not mean Trump is right. He implied that Obama targeted him in a possibly illegal manner, while Nunes said he found evidence intelligence agents inadvertently caught up Trump associates during legal and routine surveillance of others. Those are two different things.’
4. He STILL Thinks Thousands Of America-Hating Muslims Celebrated 9/11
At one point, Trump insisted he saw “thousands and thousands of people” celebrating as the Twin Towers came down. When given a chance to correct himself on ABC’s This Week, he stuck to his guns:
‘It was on television. I saw it. It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.’
Politifact actually debunked this last year in November.
‘This defies basic logic. If thousands and thousands of people were celebrating the 9/11 attacks on American soil, many people beyond Trump would remember it. And in the 21st century, there would be video or visual evidence.’
When asked again about his claims by TIME, Trump STILL stuck to his conspiracy-like claims and said the Washington Post wrote a story on it.
Politifact noted that they, indeed, did report some people who supposedly were celebrating – however, nothing was ever confirmed. Politifact still rates the comments as “Pants on Fire.”
5. Trump Claimed Anthony Weiner’s Laptop Had All Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails
In his TIME interview, Trump said this:
‘Anthony, you know, what I tweeted about that whole deal, and then it turned out he had it, all of Hillary’s email on his thing.’
Politifact confirmed that yes, 650,000 emails were found by the FBI on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. It was a big deal when it happened, definitely. However, Politifact noted:
‘But not all of those 650,000 emails were sent to or from the Clinton server, and conversely, Weiner’s laptop did not contain all of Clinton’s emails.’
6. Undocumented Immigrants Voted In The 2016 Election
We all remember this one. It’s probably unforgettable. It’s a known fact that Trump may have won the electoral college, but he did not win the popular vote. Trump responded to that by tweeting:
‘In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.’
Politifact determined there was no evidence of voter fraud and called the idea “ridiculously illogical.”
Despite this though, Trump still is holding on to that belief as he said in his TIME interview:
‘Well, I think I will be proved right about that, too.’
It was George Costanza who once said, “Jerry, just remember. It’s not a lie, if you believe it.” However, this absolutely cannot and will not ever apply to Trump because it IS a lie. By hanging on to the hope that he will be proven right, Trump gives his supporters that same hope that they can wave around like a flag to defend him.
7. Ted Cruz’s Dad Killed JFK
This one was probably the most ridiculous of them all. During the election, the National Enquirer ran a story alleging Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz colluded with Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. When asked during his TIME interview, Trump addressed the issue by deflecting it onto the media source.
‘Well, that was in a newspaper. No, no, I like Ted Cruz, he’s a friend of mine. But that was in the newspaper. I wasn’t, I didn’t say that. I was referring to a newspaper. A Ted Cruz article referred to a newspaper story with, had a picture of Ted Cruz, his father, and Lee Harvey Oswald, having breakfast.’
Indeed, it was a story in a newspaper. However, here are the comments that Trump made after the article came out.
‘And, you know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being – you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right, prior to his being shot, and nobody brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it. But I think it’s horrible.
‘What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting? It’s terrible.’
Those were TRUMP’S words. Not the National Enquirer’s.
Politifact noted no evidence has ever been found of Rafael Cruz associating with Lee Harvey Oswald.
8. Trump Is The King Of TIME
Trump loves to be on magazine covers. He’s got a wall of magazine covers of himself on a wall, right? Now being president and being on TIME’s cover recently, he believes he’s broke the record for being on TIME’s cover the most.
‘I assume this is going to be a cover too, have I set the record? I guess, right? Covers, nobody’s had more covers.’
WRONG! His own interviewer debunked that one saying, “I think Richard Nixon still has you beat.” This is true. Politifact noted Nixon’s been on the cover 55 times. Trump has only been on the cover 11.
However, if the revelations of corruption and collusion within his administration keeps coming out, he may have a chance of beating Nixon.
You can check out more of Politifact’s debunking in their article.
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