Donald Trump calling someone a liar is sort of like Rush Limbaugh lecturing someone for getting a divorce, or Paul Ryan accusing someone else of hating poor people.
Look, nobody is 100 percent honest or dishonest. Everybody has, at some time, been dishonest about something for whatever reason. But there’s definitely a huge difference between someone who lies once in a while — and a legitimate pathological liar who’s almost never completely honest about anything.
For instance, Donald Trump, a person who lies so often, and frequently, that I don’t think even he knows what he’s said before, what he’ll say next, or what’s actually true.
Granted, it’s true that all politicians lie — but I’ve never seen anything like Trump.
Considering it’s been a while since I did an article such as this, I figured it was time to do a bit of an update on Trump’s Politifact “scorecard” to prove how dishonest he actually is.
For those of you who might not know, Politifact has six different categories they rank statements by: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False, and Pants on Fire. I take everything that was rated True/Mostly True and calculate that to come up with an “honest” score. For “dishonest,” I do the same thing with the Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire statements. Seeing as “Half True” statements can go either way, and are sometimes subjective, I don’t include those numbers when factoring the honesty percentages.
Well, here are Trump’s numbers:
- True: 19 (5%)
- Mostly True: 50 (12%)
- Half True: 60 (15%)
- Mostly False: 82 (20%)
- False: 134 (33%)
- Pants on Fire: 65 (16%)
That’s 410 total statements Politifact has investigated.
While I’m sure everyone reading this can already tell these numbers are atrocious, I’ll run through the numbers anyway.
As it stands on June 9, 2017 (the date I’m writing this), only 17 percent of what Trump says is honest, while a jaw-dropping 69 percent of the comments Politifact has investigated have been dishonest. Furthermore, 49 percent of these comments didn’t contain a shred of truth, earning Politifact’s two lowest scores for honesty of “False” and “Pants on Fire.”
For comparison, let’s look at the numbers for Barack Obama:
- Honest: 48%
- Dishonest: 26%
Heck, let’s go ahead and do Hillary Clinton’s, too:
- Honest: 50%
- Dishonest: 26%
You know what, let’s take a look at Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich as well.
- Honest: 50%
- Dishonest: 29%
- Honest: 33%
- Dishonest: 41%
- Honest: 22%
- Dishonest: 65%
- Honest: 53%
- Dishonest: 32%
I would like to point out that the two most dishonest Republicans on this list, two of the biggest scumbags in politics, were the “top two” GOP presidential candidates last year. Meanwhile, the most honest Republican, Kasich, essentially finished dead last. Then there’s Ryan, arguably a Republican even more powerful within the party than Trump, with numbers that are rather pathetic, as well.
Looking at this data, a pattern does emerge indicating that the more a Republican politician lies, the better they perform with conservative voters. While these numbers aren’t scientific (Politifact doesn’t fact-check every comment ever made by every politician) these numbers seem to indicate that, for the most part, being dishonest as a Republican seems to benefit their candidates politically.
But it’s not just Politifact that scores Trump terribly, most credible fact checking sites have concluded that, like James Comey said during his testimony to Congress, Trump’s simply not someone who’s honest or trustworthy.
As I’ve said before, Donald Trump is nothing more than a con man who got “elected” by blatantly lying and telling millions of conservatives who apparently want to be lied to exactly what they wanted to hear — even if almost nothing substantive he says is actually true.
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