❝ Regular readers know that candidate Donald Trump had difficulty with facts. He earned an astonishing 59 Four-Pinocchio ratings over the course of the campaign.
❝ Now that Trump is president, he continues to make misleading statements, based on incomplete information, inaccurate statistics or flights of fancy. Here’s an accounting of his public statements in the first seven days as president, not counting his error-plagued inauguration speech (which had eight problematic claims). If we wrote a full fact check, we noted the number of Pinocchios the statement received.
❝ “I remember hearing [when I was young] from one of my instructors, ‘The United States has never lost a war.’ And then, after that, it’s like we haven’t won anything. We don’t win anymore.”…
❝ This is debatable. At the very least, one might count the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the end of the Cold War as victories for the United States…
❝ “I looked out, the field was — it looked like a million, million and a half people. … The rest of the 20-block area, all the way back to the Washington Monument, was packed.”
❝ Speaking to employees at the CIA, Trump complained about news coverage showing his inauguration crowd was smaller than Barack Obama’s crowd in 2009. Trump’s crowd did not go all the way to the Washington Monument. No matter how you calculate it, Trump’s crowd was significantly smaller than Obama’s crowd — and the Women’s March on Washington the next day.
❝ “We have the all-time record in the history of Time Magazine. … I’ve been on it for 15 times this year.”
❝ Trump has been on the cover of Time magazine a total of 11 times. Richard Nixon holds the record — 55. Depending on whether you count small photographs or not, Hillary Clinton has been on the cover between 22 and 31 times.
❝ “Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago!”
❝ Actually, Obama’s ratings in 2009 were 7 million people higher than Trump’s numbers. And second-term inaugurals tend to get lower ratings, so Trump is cherry-picking the comparison.
Click through to the whole article. Trump’s frequency of deliberate lies, number-fudging and ignorance hasn’t diminished with taking office.
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