The Washington Post has been tracking all the false or misleading claims Donald Trump has made since his inauguration. Around the beginning of August, he broke 1,000 claims, and the tally now stands at 1,094 (the Post’s database was last updated on August 25).
At the president’s current pace, he averages 4.6 false claims every day—and many are repeats of claims that have been previously debunked. The Post also includes statements that are flip-flops (albeit ones Trump refuses to acknowledge) from previously held positions, such as touting new highs in a stock market that he previously derided as being a “big, fat bubble.”
Nearly three dozen of the president’s misleading statements have been repeated three or more times. His most repeated lie, which he told over four dozen times, was some variation of the statement that the Affordable Care Act is dying and “essentially dead.” The government’s Congressional Budget Office has said that the Obamacare exchanges are not imploding and are expected to remain stable for the foreseeable future.
Trump repeatedly takes credit for events or business decisions that happened before he took office—or had even been elected. Forty-two times, he said that he secured business investments and job announcements that had been previously announced and could easily be found with a Google search. And 19 times he has boasted that he achieved a reduction in the cost of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, even though the price cut had been in the works before he was elected.
But some of the president’s repeated claims have nothing to do with policy but instead rehash discredited campaign rhetoric, such as the false charge that Hillary Clinton gave 20% of the US uranium supply to Russia, or that the deputy FBI director got $700,000 from Clinton. Both claims were proven to be outrageous lies in 2016, yet Trump brought them up eleven times.
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