Last week, the Washington Post published a click-bait headline announcing that President Trump had officially passed a milestone in his presidency. According to fact-checker Glenn Kessler, Trump has given “10,000 false or misleading claims” since assuming office in January 2017.
You don’t even have to look for another, better source to figure out why this is the biggest “false or misleading claim” of them all. Kessler points it right out for you by looking at Trump’s recent rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was there, he writes, that Trump made a number of “misstatements and falsehoods,” which he proceeds to fact-check for us right there in the piece. And when you get a load of what the Washington Post is counting as a Trump Lie, you see that they aren’t exactly calling things down the middle.
“He exaggerates the size of trade deficits with Japan, China, and the European Union and falsely claimed the United States loses money from such deficits,” he writes.
Yes, we remember all of those blistering WaPo stories that called Obama out for “exaggerating” claims. As for the second part, that’s a matter of opinion. The U.S. has to pay debts arising from these deficits, so in real-money terms, it is absolutely not a false claim. Furthermore, there are plenty of economists who blame trade deficits for wiping out American manufacturing, so that’s a loss of another kind. Yes, there are certain benefits to trading in deficit, but it is not “false” to say that it’s putting us at a disadvantage.
“He said he had ‘nothing to hide’ from the Russia investigation but refused to testify under oath,” Kessler continues.
Seriously? Two things can be true, you biased idiot. There are many, many reasons why Trump should have avoided an interview with Mueller, and none of them have anything to do with hiding clandestine meetings with Russian officials. Did Kessler even read the special counsel’s report?
“He continued his practice of inflating the jobs created under his administration by starting the count from the election, not his inauguration,” Kessler writes.
This is really scraping the nit-picking barrel. Furthermore, we see that as a legitimate way to count, seeing as how Trump’s election undoubtedly stirred confidence in the employment sector that would not have been there had the election gone the other way.
“He launched a series of exaggerated or false attacks on Democrats, including claiming the Green New Deal will require every building in Manhattan be replaced (no) and saying Democrats support the killing of healthy babies that have been born (no),” he writes.
Um, we’re pretty sure we just heard Bill de Blasio saying that every skyscraper in Manhattan would have to meet new environmental codes, and yes, the Democrats absolutely support allowing healthy infants, born after botched abortions, to die on the table.
We’re more interested in the number of “false and misleading claims” the Washington Post has made since Trump took office. Right here in this article, we’ve found at least five, and we didn’t even get to the end of the piece. Count up all the times the Post hyped up the Russian collusion fairy tale, and we’re sure we could get to 10,000 without even getting to another issue.
Fact-checker, heal thyself.