Yes Trump supporters, I know — Politico is nothing but a “liberal rag” that’s “in the tank for Hillary Clinton” trying to help her get elected — we all know how this goes. Any and all information that isn’t rubber stamped by Donald Trump, his campaign or the conservative media that’s critical of your candidate is just “liberal propaganda.” So, clearly, this article isn’t for you all.
As for everyone else, what Politico found after fact-checking both Clinton and Trump is quite eye-opening.
Here’s what Politifact found:
We subjected every statement made by both the Republican and Democratic candidates — in speeches, in interviews and on Twitter — to our magazine’s rigorous fact-checking process. The conclusion is inescapable: Trump’s mishandling of facts and propensity for exaggeration so greatly exceed Clinton’s as to make the comparison almost ludicrous.
Though few statements match the audacity of his statement about his role in questioning Obama’s citizenship, Trump has built a cottage industry around stretching the truth. According to POLITICO’s five-day analysis, Trump averaged about one falsehood every three minutes and 15 seconds over nearly five hours of remarks.
In raw numbers, that’s 87 erroneous statements in five days.
While they said Clinton was dishonest in her own right, the frequency in which she said something that wasn’t true doesn’t even compare to how often Trump lies. After adjusting the numbers to account for the fact that Trump spoke more this past week than she did — even if given the exact same amount of time speaking — Trump would “surpass her nearly four times over.”
Politico found that Trump spoke for a total of 4 hours and 43 minutes during the week, lying at a rate of one lie every 3.25 minutes.
Predictably, Trump’s campaign responded to the report by saying it’s part of the “coordinated effort by the media elites and Hillary Clinton to shamelessly push their propaganda and distract” from her lies.
This prompted Politico to publish all 87 lies Trump told last week with sourced fact-checked information debunking each lie. Then again, considering nobody associated with Donald Trump’s campaign or his supporters seems to care about facts (or reality), as I’ve pointed out before, it’s mostly pointless to even attempt to fact check anything he says.
After all, this is someone who will deny that he said or did something — even when there’s indisputable audio or video evidence proving that he did. That or he’ll make some absurd claim, state it as fact, then provide absolutely zero evidence to support it, all while claiming that the reason nobody can find that evidence is because there’s some sort of “conspiracy to conceal the truth.”
At times, I really have felt as if I’m covering a presidential campaign while living in the Twilight Zone. I’ve never seen a time where facts, truth and reality mattered so little as they do to Donald Trump and those who support him.
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