Fact-Checking Site Finds Donald Trump Only Tells The Truth 7 Percent of the Time

donald-trump-something-wrongMore than anything else, what I find most ridiculous about the ascension of Donald Trump to the top of the Republican party’s presidential ticket is the fact that almost nothing he says is true. And it’s not just that he lies, it’s that he seems to just make stuff up as he goes along. Then to top it all off, he’s so damn arrogant I can’t remember a time where he’s ever admitted being wrong about anything – despite the fact that he’s wrong about damn near everything.


His most recent fairytale concerns the “thousands and thousands” of people he claims to have seen celebrating in the streets of New Jersey as the World Trade Center towers fell, a claim that’s literally not supported by a single shred of evidence… anywhere. Not only that, but he insisted that there was extensive coverage of the “thousands and thousands” of people he witnessed celebrating – yet no one can seem to find any of it.

This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen; a leading presidential candidate blatantly exploiting 9/11 to push anti-Muslim propaganda following the horrific terrorist attack in France based on pure, made up nonsense. This isn’t a matter of perspective, partisanship or even opinion – what Donald Trump is saying he witnessed never happened. 

End of story.

Well, in the spirit of Trump’s pathological idiocy, I thought I’d do an update on just how dishonest this racist bigot is. When looking at his scorecard on non-partisan fact-checking site Politifact, the numbers are shocking.

Politifact’s ratings system is based on six metrics: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants on Fire. The way I calculate numbers is everything that’s True/Mostly True I consider truthful, everything that’s Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire I view as being dishonest and I ignore Half True statements because often the conclusions are subjective and convoluted.

So, how does Trump rank?

According to Politifact, of the 71 comments they’ve fact checked, only 7 percent (5 of 71) of what Trump says is truthful (all 5 of those statements are rated as Mostly True).

Meanwhile, 75 percent (53 of 71) of what they’ve fact checked has been a lie.

For those who don’t feel like doing the math, 18 percent (13 of 71) of his comments were rated as Half True.

While his overall scorecard is atrocious, when you look at some of his Pants on Fire comments, the absurdity he spews is shocking.


All the following Trump quotes were rated Pants on Fire, which means there wasn’t even the smallest shred of truth to them. I’ve added a bit of commentary in bold after each quote:

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.” (Trump completely made this up.) 

“The number [in reference to our nation’s unemployment rate at the time of 5.3 percent] isn’t reflective. I’ve seen numbers of 24 percent — I actually saw a number of 42 percent unemployment. Forty-two percent.” (This would mean nearly 1 out of every 2 working-age Americans are unemployed – just think about the ridiculousness behind actually believing that.)

“I don’t think the 11 million — which is a number you have been hearing for many many years, I’ve been hearing that number for five years — I don’t think that is an accurate number anymore. I am now hearing it’s 30 million, it could be 34 million, which is a much bigger problem.” (Net immigration is actually down since 2010 and no credible expert supports the notion that there are 30 million illegal immigrants in the country.)

“Our current president came out of nowhere. Came out of nowhere. In fact, I’ll go a step further: the people that went to school with him, they never saw him, they don’t know who he is. It’s crazy.” (Yes, he apparently thinks both Harvard and Columbia are lying about President Obama being a graduate.)

“The last quarter, it was just announced, our gross domestic product — a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Who ever heard of this? It’s never below zero.” (GDP fell for one quarter, but it was not “below zero” – that’s essentially impossible to even accomplish.)

It goes beyond basic dishonesty with Trump to outright propaganda. Anyone who runs for public office is going to slant and distort the truth from time to time, but Trump doesn’t just distort reality – he flat-out makes up his own.

And the worst part is, his supporters actually believe he’s honest. You cannot convince these folks that he’s full of crap because most of them are every bit as delusional as he is.

I guess if there’s one positive thing that’s come from Donald Trump running for president, it’s that he’s generously given plenty of job security to fact checkers.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Ganesh

    “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.” *(Trump completely made this up.)*

    So, when your ‘fact checker’ completely and totally flubs the first one, how seriously are we supposed to take the whole thing?

    Google: ‘EXCLUSIVE: Some Jersey City Muslims did celebrate 9/11, cop and residents say’ site:nj.com

    Google: ‘Jersey City 9/11 Celebration Report CBS’ site:youtube.com

    So, Politifact claims ‘He completely made it up’. That statement, from ‘politifact’, is completely inaccurate. Two accounts of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on that day. Verify everything, even people who claim to be ‘truth speakers.’

    There were a small number of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey, there were a small number of Israelis celebrating on their white van, and there were many thousands of Muslims around the world celebrating. Put those together, and you get his statement. Maybe not totally 100% accurate, but hardly ‘completely made up.’

    Dumb progressives: Be. More. Skeptical.

    • Ann McCormick

      Wow! That’s harsh. Why do conservatives ALWAYS resort to name calling. It’s an indicator of low intelligence.

      http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/12/exclusive_jersey_city_cop_residents_say_some_musli.html. Did you actually READ this article? Because it doesn’t really support your claim.

      Google: ‘Jersey City 9/11 Celebration Report CBS’ site:youtube.com. The last segment seemed like an highly organized protest. Not one that was spontaneous in response to an event. I’m HIGHLY SKEPTICAL.

      • Ganesh

        My claim was that there were, indeed, limited Muslim celebrations on the day of 9/11. Both of my links conclusively prove it, whether you personally are ‘HIGHLY SKETPICAL’ or not.

        If the only thing that catches you on that is me using the term ‘dumb progressives,’ then you are almost certainly a ‘dumb progressive’ yourself. Someone with low IQ. With limited cognitive abilities. With a poor capacity for filtering truth from falsehood.

        Stupid enough to be lied to consistently for years, and never question it.

        Stupid enough to *love* being told that you are smart, and those who disagree with you are stupid. I imagine you watch media that fits that description every single day.

        Someone stupid enough to lie to yourself, chronically, and then believe your own lies and forget that you lied to yourself.

        Stupid enough to make yourself truly believe whatever makes you feel good, whether it is objectively true or false.

        These are all characteristics of low-IQ, mentally malfunctioning people.Most of whom are morally righteous progressives; holding the position marketed as most morally superior, to make up for the fact that, in real life, they are horrible people who treat others like dirt.

        That’s you, Ann McCormick. I imagine you have an empty and miserable existence. It’s unlikely that you provide any value to the world, because genuinely stupid people rarely do. Hopefully, you will be dead soon.

      • Ann McCormick

        Read it and weep Ganesh. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201003/why-liberals-are-more-intelligent-conservatives
        PS: My IQ is 126. Not MENSA material but not stupid by anyone’s standard.

      • Ganesh

        > completely dodges the subject and hand and replies with a two-bit pseudoscience article designed to make stupid people feel good about themselves

        Yeah, I’ve read that nonsense. Your IQ might have been 126 at one point in your life, but you’ve done some serious damage to your brain since then. Look at your pathetic performance in this thread. You literally haven’t displayed an iota of intelligence in any way. You’ve lost about 20 points since that test, tired old lady. Your time has past.

      • Holly

        Wishing someone dead? You’re a pathetic piece of human excrement. Make that animal excrement.

      • Ganesh

        Harsh truth: Not everyone has something of value to offer this world.

        If someone’s rain is malfunctioning to such an extent that they are unable to seperate reality from fantasy, if they truly care about the world they would relieve the world the burden of their existence.

        I notice that you call out my mean (and well deserved remarks), but don’t call out the fact that she has a real honesty problem and cannot admit when she has spoken in error. She acted flagrantly dishonesty in this thread, simply dismissing credible news reports because she decided she didn’t want to believe them.

        The world would be much, much, much better off if those without personal integrity and no longer existed. In all fairness, you should probably be dead too, Holly.

      • Ganesh

        Harsh truth: Not everyone has something of value to offer this world.

        If someone’s rain is malfunctioning to such an extent that they are unable to seperate reality from fantasy, if they truly care about the world they would relieve the world the burden of their existence.

        I notice that you call out my mean (and well deserved remarks), but don’t call out the fact that she has a real honesty problem and cannot admit when she has spoken in error. She acted flagrantly dishonesty in this thread, simply dismissing credible news reports because she decided she didn’t want to believe them.

        The world would be much, much, much better off if those without personal integrity or a basic level of intelligence no longer existed. In all fairness, you should probably be dead too, Holly. Something makes me think that few people would mind your death.