Washington Post: Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading statements since taking office
The Washington Post is out with an updated count of President Trump’s false and misleading statements since Inauguration Day. And it shows that Trump has surpassed the 10,000 mark.
“The president continues to say false or misleading statements at an unbelievable pace,” The Post’s fact-checker-in-chief, Glenn Kessler, said on CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning.
“He hit 5,000 in September. Now here it is, seven months later, and he’s now hit 10,000,” Kessler said. “That’s an average of about 23 false or misleading claims a day in the last seven months.”
Kessler’s new story, co-written with Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly, says “the tsunami of untruths just keeps looming larger and larger.”
Many of the misstatements are about immigration issues — with distortions and utter falsehoods about migrants, border walls, and Democrats.
Other common bogus claims relate to Robert Mueller’s probe, trade talks with other countries, and Trump’s accomplishments in office. The Post’s database includes everything from exaggerations to outright lies.
As of Saturday night, after the president held a rally in Wisconsin, the Post’s official count was 10,111 false or misleading statements in 828 days.
The Post has observed that Trump has become looser and looser with the facts over time.
On Sunday, when his team was still crunching the numbers, Kessler told me “we counted 45 misstatements or falsehoods in his interview with Sean Hannity” the other day.
The Hannity chat was barely 45 minutes long, so that means Trump said something deceptive on average every minute of the television program.