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Stuart writes: "'What should a United States senator, or any citizen, do if the president is a liar?' Sen. Bernie Sanders mused in March. The media, elected officials, even Trump's spokespeople have all struggled to reckon with a chronically dissembling commander in chief."

Donald Trump has falsely claimed, among other things, that 'between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.' (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Donald Trump has falsely claimed, among other things, that 'between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.' (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Donald Trump: Liar in Chief

By Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone

11 April 17

 

He steals credit, describes the average as superlative, invents history and spins conspiracy theories

hat should a United States senator, or any citizen, do if the president is a liar?" Sen. Bernie Sanders mused in March. The media, elected officials, even Trump's spokespeople have all struggled to reckon with a chronically dissembling commander in chief. Some have opted not to call Trump's false claims "lies" at all. "Without the ability to peer into Donald Trump's head," an NPR reporter reasoned, "I can't tell you what his intent was." But, as Sanders went on to say, "Does ignoring this reality benefit the American people?" We don't think so: Donald Trump is a shameless, brazen, baldfaced liar. He steals credit, describes the average as superlative, invents history and spins conspiracy theories. Trump even lies about the weather. Here, broken down by subject, is a selected list of Trump's lies in office.

The Economy

"The January employment report shows that the private sector added 237,000 jobs last month. A lot of that has to do with the spirit our country now has." —February 3rd

Trump has called the Labor Department's monthly jobs report "phony" and a "total fiction." But once the numbers served his purposes, he reversed course. Similarly, Trump touted that the national debt was down $12 billion in his first month, compared with a $200 billion increase over the same period for Obama. Both numbers are accurate, and both ought to be attributed to prior administrations. Since inauguration, Trump has also taken credit for Exxon's "massive job program" (in the works since 2013) and Fiat Chrysler's decision to expand in Michigan and Ohio (planned for more than a year).

Crime

"When President Obama was [in Chicago] two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech, two people were shot and killed during his speech." —January 25th

This was a tidy example of the kind of "American carnage" that took place on Obama's watch. Only problem is, according to Chicago police, exactly zero people in the city were shot and killed that day. In Philadelphia, Trump said, the murder rate has been "just terribly increasing," when in fact, murders have declined in Philly over the past decade, from 391 in 2007 to 277 in 2016. Nationally, Trump said, "The murder rate in our country's the highest it's been in 47 years," but higher murder rates were recorded every year between 1963 and 2010. Trump also said drugs are "becoming cheaper than candy bars." Dare to dream.

His Legacy

"We have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine... I've been on it for, like, 15 times this year." —January 21st

Twothings: Trump has been on the cover of Time 12 times and Richard Nixon has been on the cover 55 times. Trump's claim that he had "the biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches" is likewise untrue – crowd scientists estimated 160,000 people attended Trump's speech on the National Mall, a far cry from the 1.8 million who turned out to see Obama in 2009 (Bill Clinton and George W. Bush drew larger crowds too). As for Trump's inauguration TV ratings – "11 million more than the very good ratings from four years ago!" – that's true, but also a false comparison: Viewership always drops at the start of a second term. About 7 million more people tuned in for Obama's first-term inauguration than Trump's. On world affairs, Trump falsely describes NATO as "obsolete" and claims he "predicted Brexit" when all Trump said the day before the U.K. vote was he hadn't "really focused on it very much."

Immigration

"You had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers, and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully." —February 5th

Despite Trump's insistence that the rollout was "very smooth," an estimated 90,000 travelers were impacted by his executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, which also sparked spontaneous protests across the country. After the ban was blocked, Trump claimed, "Anyone, even with bad intentions, can now come into U.S.," even though a stringent vetting process has long been in place for asylum-seekers.

Russia

"The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process." —March 20th

Both FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers were asked by Congress: "Your agencies agree with the assessment that the Russians' goal was to undermine the public faith in the U.S. democratic process. Is that still your assessments?" Both said: Yes.

The Election

"Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote." January 23rd

No credible person or entity has offered any evidence whatsoever of mass voter fraud, but Trump maintains that "many people have come out and said I am right." Trump also insists, however implausibly, that "of those illegal votes cast, none of 'em come to me…. They all voted for Hillary." Even Trump's aides can't muster a convincing defense. "The president has believed that for a while," Sean Spicer said. "It's a belief that he has maintained for a while, a concern that he has about voter fraud."

Perhaps to offset his popular-vote loss, Trump likes to mischaracterize the Electoral College victory, inflating the number and historic significance. "I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan," he said. Nope: It was smaller than any president's since Reagan, save George W. Bush.

Defense

"We saved $700 million-plus on an F-35 after I got involved." —February 28th

Trump had nothing to do with the price going down. Nearly a month before Trump met with the Lockheed CEO, the head of the Defense Department's F-35 program announced the cost of new planes would be roughly $549 million to $630 million less than the previous generation. At the same time, Trump has lied about how much more money he plans to pump into the military: "I am calling for one of the largest defense spending increases in history." So far, Trump has called for a 10 percent increase in defense spending ($54 billion), which is "quite average," as defense-budget analyst Laicie Heeley told PolitiFact.

Health Care

"ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!" March 25th

Trump's fond of saying the ACA is "exploding," but the Congressional Budget Office describes the program as "stable." He has cited a 116 percent premium hike in Arizona as evidence of a failing system, but the average state will see only a 25 percent increase this year, which experts believe is likely part of a one-time market correction. Trump also promised his health care plan would amount to "insurance for everybody," but the CBO estimated his bill would have left about 24 million Americans without insurance. Trump also said that bill would pass "pretty quickly," even though the last whip count found only 150 Republicans supported it, well shy of the 215 needed. It failed.

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+63 # PeacefulGarden 2017-04-11 18:21
I think Chomsky has the total description of our current Federal Government; it is a parody government. Everything about the current administration is a parody.
 
 
+25 # CL38 2017-04-11 23:34
George Orwell is turning in his grave.
 
 
0 # Skyelav 2017-04-12 08:27
PG, It only seems like a parody because the puppeteers are the same as they have been since forever.. with the same agenda, at least since Vietnam. That's why people who know this often don't go to vote. We're just really voting for the crumbs to be given or taken away, depending on your affiliation. Nothing big.
 
 
+56 # Wise woman 2017-04-11 18:23
What can legally be done about a pathological liar? Actually, I don't know about the remediation rate. I have had a couple of them in my life and when you call them up about a bold face lie, they swerve and duck like a well seasoned boxer. They just smile and change the subject. After a few of those maneuvers, I've about had it and exit their company. No doubt that is why so many of trumps staff have left including bannon. Is impeachment the only answer or a lengthy stay in psychological rehab? What do we do with this liar in chief? Perhaps throw him to the wolves.
 
 
-6 # Skyelav 2017-04-12 08:31
It's become the norm just as torture has on TV. Yes, we can avoid them in our lives so I just don't turn the TV news on. Oh, and Bannon was the mouthpiece for the Koch brothers who seem ot be losing the fight to take the reins from the old guard. It is generally thought that Trump was told to replace Bannon by his handlers-- Hillary's .
 
 
-41 # CDMR 2017-04-11 19:39
I don't actually find Trump to be any more of a liar than his predecessors -- Obama, Bush II, Clnton, Bush I, Reagan . . . .

Trump's lies are probably pettier and more juvenile, though Bush II probably beat him there.

I just don't see the point in talking about this. Trump is a transitional figure. He is what we got because enough people simply said "Anyone rather than another bush or Clinton." Trump was standing around and he became the anyone. We are entering the post-Bush/Clint on era which extended from Reagan to Obama. It also was the era of the neos -- neo-cons and neo-libs.

All we can do is resolve never to go back.
 
 
+9 # Michaeljohn 2017-04-11 22:19
Quoting CDMR:
I don't actually find Trump to be any more of a liar than his predecessors -- Obama, Bush II, Clnton, Bush I, Reagan . . . .

Trump's lies are probably pettier and more juvenile, though Bush II probably beat him there.

I just don't see the point in talking about this. Trump is a transitional figure. He is what we got because enough people simply said "Anyone rather than another bush or Clinton." Trump was standing around and he became the anyone. We are entering the post-Bush/Clinton era which extended from Reagan to Obama. It also was the era of the neos -- neo-cons and neo-libs.

All we can do is resolve never to go back.



Surprise ! The neocons are back in spades as the events of the last few days only too clearly demonstrate.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-04-12 19:13
Neo-conservativ ism was the creation of Leo Strauss, who taught that politicians needed to use what Plato called the "noble lie." The masses often need to be told nice but untruthful stories in order to motivate them to do the right things. All US presidents have practiced this in spades. More recent presidents have been the worst. The Cheney/Bush presidency was the very worst.

We will only survive if we can free the world from the neo-cons. Strauss was a Nazi. Neo-conservatii sm is only Nazism written up in "esoteric" language, another of Strauss' terms for lying.

Trump is a lot like Bush. He's very ignorant of history and he simply has no interest in knowing anything. Obama pretended to be interested, but there's no evidence that he really was. Obama's pretense was another "noble lie."
 
 
+20 # thekidde 2017-04-11 23:02
Problem is, the jackass is President of the United States, not a phony steak purveyor and pussy grabber any more. Well, maybe he still grabs pussy. Poor kitties.
 
 
+9 # PeacefulGarden 2017-04-11 23:37
A new era of the same old liars? I do not follow your logic.
 
 
+6 # ericlipps 2017-04-12 05:08
How did the "Bush-Clinton era" start and end with presidents who belonged to neither family?
 
 
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-04-12 19:24
Eric -- In reality, it should be the Bush era, but the Clintons are part of the Bush political family. GW Bush calls Bill Clinton his brother. Bill Clinton is right now visiting Bush Sr.

The Bush political family emerged from the Bush+Harriman political alliance in the 1920s. The Harrimans were democrats and the Bushes republicans. It was Pamela Harriman who discovered Bill Clinton when he was a young man and brought his political career along. He was always part of the Harriman+Bush political family or machine.

The Bush family took over the US presidency in the Nixon era. Nixon hired Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. They undermined him. They ran the Ford Administration. They ran the Reagan presidency. They ran the Bush I term. They ran Bill Clinton's presidency. And so on up through Obama.

It really should be the Bush+Harriman era but we've forgotten about the Harrimans now. The Bush+Clinton political machine is more familiar. They have controlled the white house since the 1970s. Enough is Enough. They have totally fucked up the US during this time. They only represent investment banking and war or weapons manufacturers -- the business of the Harrimans and Bushes going back to the Civil War. Time to get free from these people.
 
 
-4 # Skyelav 2017-04-12 08:39
Really, CMDR? Whom do you think wanted perpetual war involving RTussia and moving towards Iran? Hillary did. Her handlers are now Trump's I fear.
 
 
0 # thekidde 2017-04-13 07:41
I take your points, then there's the pussy grabbing.
 
 
+22 # thekidde 2017-04-11 22:45
Donald Drumpf, the pussy grabbing draft dodger, is a piece of shite.
 
 
+13 # tomtom 2017-04-11 23:40
Wow, CDMR; how comfortable you must feel, just having the luxury to wait for future leaders to come and save the day. Though, millions of people are dying, being displaced, as new wars are being initiated, like video games, hopelessness is a natural phenomenum and our world is becoming more divided. No refugee camps for you. Leadership is when things improve. We're not leaving this state of chaos to our children; we're creating it!
 
 
0 # CDMR 2017-04-14 17:04
tomtom -- actually I don't feel comfortable at all. The wretched state of the world caused by my nation with my tax dollars and in my name makes me sick. Yes, I'm not threatened by bombs, concentration camps, jackbooted special forces, and all the rest as are most of the people of the world. The US is not running military operation in about 100 nations.

Americans want change. I want change. both Obama and Trump were elected because they promised change. Both are liars.

Bush said someone about "fool me once, and then fool me twice." He was right. Americans were fooled twice, once by a faux liberal and second by a faux populist. Will we be fooled again? I sure as hell hope not.
 
 
-28 # hipocampelo 2017-04-11 23:45
When it comes to lies, even big ones, Trump
is no worse than Clinton, Bush, and Obama.
We haven't had an honest POTUS since JFK.
 
 
+5 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-04-12 08:39
Carter?
 
 
+9 # Realist1948 2017-04-12 05:55
Journalist/auth or David Cay Johnston could have predicted that Trump would become liar-in-chief. It's too bad that Johnston's books about Trump were not more widely read before the election. Unfortunately, too few people read well-researched books about politics, choosing instead to get their information from cable TV news, talk radio, and "alternative" sites on the Internet. Those sources, and books by TV talking heads like Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly, whose "research" appears to be limited to reading transcripts of their own TV shows.
 
 
+5 # relegn 2017-04-12 05:59
The last monthly jobs report was 98,000 new jobs created. An all time low? Maybe not,but I have seen little coverage of this story.
 
 
+13 # drew 2017-04-12 11:33
The sad part is that he's not even a good liar. His lies blatant, wild-eyed and ridiculous. They are totally dependent on the profound stupidity of the American people and the failure of our media to honestly call our this dangerous puke.
 
 
-1 # Aliazer 2017-04-12 12:35
Out of all people whom the author mentions being surprised by Trump's lies, with the possible exception of Senator Sanders, are liars themselves!!

So, the common assumption is: That, among liars, it takes a liar to know a liar!!!
 
 
+7 # smilodon1 2017-04-12 15:35
They like to call us normal people libtards but that doesn't bother me. My strong held belief is that low information voters and trumptards are in the initial phases of emotional upheaval because they're realizing tRump isn't what he promised and they're not happy about it. It isn't as if they weren't warned but they disregarded reality and now we're stuck with the GOP cancer that infects America.
 
 
+4 # Stillfrazzeled 2017-04-12 23:44
IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH!
 

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