Every few months I like to do one of these articles where I check in with a particular presidential candidate and see how they rank on non-partisan fact-checking site Politifact. While there are other sites who fact check politicians, I’ve found Politifact to be one of the most reliable ones out there. Not only that, but I love how they keep files of their investigations on each person (or in some cases media entities or websites) so you can go back and look at the entirety of just how full of crap someone is.
So, I decided to check in and do an “update” on none other than leading Republican presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump. Someone who’s essentially built his campaign almost entirely on lies.
As I expected, things have not improved – at all.
For those of you who may not know, Politifact rates statements by six categories: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants on Fire.
Well, they’ve investigated 88 total comments* made by the current GOP presidential frontrunner and he scores as follows:
- True: 1 (1%)
- Mostly True: 6 (6%)
- Half True: 15 (15%)
- Mostly False: 18 (18%)
- False: 38 (39%)
- Pants on Fire: 20 (20%)
*As of 2/26/2016
I usually group these by counting True/Mostly True as being honest, Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire as dishonest and I omit Half True because the statements are typically convoluted and could go either way.
So, that being said, for those of you who don’t feel like doing the math, it comes out like this: Only 7 percent of Trump’s statements have been deemed honest while a whopping 77 percent have been deemed dishonest.
Not only that, but the one lone “True” statement was in reference to Vladimir Putin’s approval rating when he was bragging about the strength of the Russian president:
“He is a strong leader. What am I going to say, he’s a weak leader? He’s making mincemeat out of our president.”
“He’s got an 80 percent approval rating done by pollsters from, I understand, this country. Okay? So it’s not even done by his pollsters. He’s very popular within Russia; that may change.”
Donald Trump quite literally proves that a candidate can ascend to the top of the Republican presidential field by doing nothing more than constantly lying and pandering to people who are ignorant enough to believe their lies. And after dealing with many Trump supporters over the last few months, I say without a moment of hesitation, they are definitely some of the most ignorant people I’ve ever dealt with. In fact, I’ve reached a point where I don’t even bother trying to debate folks who support Trump. It’s totally and completely pointless.
While I wouldn’t call it “unbelievable” that Trump has managed to become this successful by pushing one blatant lie after another (this is the Republican party), it’s rather pathetic to realize that he’s managed to become a legitimate leading presidential candidate by just making up whatever idiocy he thinks his legions of supporters want to hear.
I’m sure his supporters will dismiss Politifact as “biased” (the usual go-to complaint when someone doesn’t like what fact checkers conclude), as has been said plenty of times before, the great thing about facts is they’re real whether or not you want to believe in them.
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