I’m not here to tell you that any politician is exactly all that honest or trustworthy. As I recently found out during my own “investigation” of sorts, when you compare the Politifact “honesty ratings” of President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — they’re all about even. While their rankings were much better than almost every Republican, sadly, at around 50 percent “honest” as the “top score,” it’s not as if any of them are completely and totally honest the vast majority of the time.
That being said, Donald Trump is, by far, one of the most dishonest individuals I’ve ever had the displeasure of discussing. I’ve said it before, it’s not just that Trump lies — it’s the way he lies. Even some of the most dishonest politicians like Sen. Ted Cruz, for example, will at least try to base their lies on a sliver of something that might be true. But not Mr. Donald J. Trump. This is someone who just says whatever the hell pops into his mind and he couldn’t care less if there’s not a single shred of evidence to prove anything he’s saying is actually factual. The only thing Donald Trump seems to care about is telling his supporters exactly what they want to hear — facts, truth or reality be damned.
So it comes as absolutely no surprise that during a speech where the “theme” was Donald Trump trying to paint Hillary Clinton as a “world-class liar,” almost nothing he said was actually true.
Here’s a list of some of his biggest lies:
1. He claimed Americans are the most taxed people in the world: Nope, not even remotely close to being true. In fact, based on tax revenue as a percentage of GDP, we rank 31st.
2. Trump claimed we could rebuild “every inner city in America” for what we’re spending to help Syrian refugees: Yeah, not even close. We’ve allowed around $1.5 billion on Syrian refugees. Meanwhile, just the Dallas Cowboys football stadium cost $1.3 billion to build. So, it’s absurd to claim that we could rebuild “every inner city in America” for around the same cost of one football stadium.
3. Our trade deficit with China “soared 40 percent during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State”: Nope, that didn’t come close to happening, either.
4. He slammed Clinton on voting for the Iraq War, while he was an outspoken critic of it: While it’s true Hillary Clinton did vote for the war in Iraq, in 2002, Donald Trump publicly said he supported the war. He only seems to have become a critic of the war now that he thinks he can score some political points by lying about this in a sad effort to try to con people into believing he’s someone who’s knowledgable about international issues and foreign affairs.
5. He said Clinton slept through the 3 a.m. call warning that the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi was under attack: Actually, when the attack began, it was around 9 p.m. on the East Coast, which is exactly where she was at. She was also awake and working at the time the news broke of the attack and around 10 p.m. she had already released a statement about the attack on our embassy.
6. She took $58,000 in jewelry from the leaders of Brunei: While it’s true Clinton did receive gifts from the leaders of Brunei, she didn’t keep them, turning them over to the government which is required by federal law. You see, it’s not uncommon for world leaders to present gifts to members of our government. However, to keep those items, the person wanting to take possession of them upon leaving office must pay the fair-market value. This was nothing more than Trump showing off the fact that he literally has no idea how any of this stuff actually works.
7. Trump claimed that “hundreds of recent immigrants and their children have been convicted of terrorism inside of the U.S.”: Actually, between 2014 and 2015, there were a total of 76 individuals charged with activities linked to foreign terrorist organizations (not “hundreds”) and 57 of them were American citizens — while only 2 were refugees.
While there were more, these were some of the bigger lies he told in a speech where he spent a good deal of his time trying to paint Hillary Clinton as the liar. Nothing quite like giving a lengthy speech full of blatant lies and propaganda — where you spent a good part of your time accusing someone else of being dishonest.
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