It is no big secret to anyone other than die-hard Trump cult fanatics that the president has trouble staying within the parameters of facts or truth. The New York Times released a cover page of Trump’s insane number of lies in July, but The Washington Post just released an updated list that includes 1,318 “false or misleading claims” in just his 263 days in office.
Some of the claims are simply “flip-flops” in which Trump contradicts statements he’s made in the past, others are lies that are easily fact-checked and debunked, still others involve Trump taking credit for successes that had nothing to do with him, but many of his blatant lies are actually dangerous to people in the United States and all over the world.
For example, Trump made this flip-flop claim on October 7, 2017.
‘Obama should have never gotten out [of Iraq] like he did. That’s how ISIS was formed.’
As WaPo fact-checkers pointed out, this is a far cry from Trump’s previous statements about the war in Iraq and Obama’s plan for a quick exit and is blatantly false on the rise of ISIS.
‘Trump actually criticized Obama for not getting out of Iraq sooner. “I think he could have gotten out a long time ago,” Trump said in August 2011. “These wars are a disaster. Iraq is going to be taken over by Iran the minute we leave.” ISIS arose in response to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.’
On the same day, Trump made the following statement on the GDP.
‘We hit 3.1 percent GDP last quarter. Everybody was shocked. They thought it wouldn’t happen for years.’
This one is just another bold-faced lie, although it may be the result of Trump having no clue what actually happened in the economy during Obama’s administration. Trump also counts on his voters not understanding that the new fiscal year has just begun, and the economy still reflects Obama policies at the current time.
‘Quarterly GDP growth topped 3 percent often in Barack Obama’s presidency, mostly recently 2015.’
Others are just clearly clueless statements. For instance, Trump repeated the lie twice that previous administrations dating back to President Bill Clinton have failed to deal successfully with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, whom Trump refers to with a Trump original schoolyard bully nickname as “Rocket Man.”
‘Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail.’
Kim Jong-un came to power in 2012 shortly after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in 2011, during Obama’s presidency. No president before Obama had to deal with Kim Jong-un.
The most concerning lies, those that are dangerous to U.S. citizens, come during times of national emergencies. Trump claimed several times that Hurricane Maria was a category 5 hurricane when it hit Puerto Rico. It was a category 4, but became a category 5 after it hit. He claimed that winds reached speeds of 200 miles an hour; they topped out at 155 mph. While these may seem like trivial lies, when natural disasters hit, citizens need to be able to trust their elected leaders and news reports more than at any other time.
The claims listed here are just from the past 10 days. For the full list of lies and misleading statements attributed to Trump since he took office, click here.
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