‘Politi-Fact’ Announces Their ‘Lie Of The Year’ – Donald Trump Twitter Tantrum Imminent

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Mr. Trump has definitely perpetuated more than his fair share of lies throughout his campaign and presidency thus far. POLITICO published an article about “Trump’s lies,” and why they are an exception to the many lies other presidents have told. Maria Konnikova writes:

‘But Donald Trump is in a different category. The sheer frequency, spontaneity and seeming irrelevance of his lies have no precedent. Nixon, Reagan and Clinton were protecting their reputations; Trump seems to lie for the pure joy of it. A whopping 70 percent of Trump’s statements that PolitiFact checked during the campaign were false, while only 4 percent were completely true, and 11 percent mostly true. (Compare that to the politician Trump dubbed “crooked,” Hillary Clinton: Just 26 percent of her statements were deemed false.)’

On Tuesday, PolitiFact announced their “2017 Lie of the Year,” and of course one of Trump’s lies managed to seal the top prize. Trump’s lie that Russian interference in the 2016 election is a “made-up story” got all the glory. Here is the lie of the year:

 

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It is crystal clear though that Russia did, in fact, interfere with the 2016 presidential election. According to PolitiFact:

‘A mountain of evidence points to a single fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016.

In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those actions included the cyber-theft of private data, the placement of propaganda against particular candidates, and an overall effort to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process.’

Elected members of Congress, and even tech sites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter all agree that the Russian interference happened. All of the tech sites can testify that Russia used online platforms in an attempt to influence the election. Back in May, President Donald Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt in an interview:

‘This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.’

PolitiFact also reported:

‘And during an overseas trip to Asia in November, Trump spoke of meeting with Putin: “Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’ And I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.” In the same interview, Trump referred to the officials who led the intelligence agencies during the election as “political hacks.”‘

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Trump continues to deny what now has become fact, cries “fake news,” and still calls it a “made-up story” and a “hoax.” For this reason, it is tough to really address the issue.  PolitiFact explained the reason for their selection:

‘When the nation’s commander-in-chief refuses to acknowledge a threat to U.S. democracy, it makes it all the more difficult to address the problem. For this reason, we name Trump’s claim that the Russia interference is a hoax as our Lie of the Year for 2017.’

It has not been proven though that Russia actually changed the outcome of the election, and Trump could still admit the interference while validating his presidency and standing by the election. Angie Drobnick Holland wrote:

‘Trump could acknowledge the interference happened while still standing by the legitimacy of his election and his presidency — but he declines to do so. Sometimes he’ll state firmly there was “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia, an implicit admission that Russia did act in some capacity. Then he reverts back to denying the interference even happened.’

Holland makes a key point that Trump is basically creating a different reality just by asserting it. Nicholas Burns, who served as ambassador to NATO under President George W. Bush, said:

‘I’ve worked for both parties. It’s inconceivable to me that any of President Trump’s predecessors would deny the gravity of such an open attack on our democratic system.

‘I don’t believe any previous American president would argue that your own hearings in the Senate are a waste of time or, in the words of President Trump, a witch hunt. They’re not; you’re doing your duty, that the people elected you to do.’

Here is what Twitter thought of Trump’s lie at the time:

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