It’s Official: Donald Trump Overtakes Ted Cruz as the Most Dishonest Republican Presidential Candidate

trump-cruz-liarSince announcing his candidacy a couple of months back, Donald Trump has exploded onto the scene, becoming the overwhelming frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump took what was already going to be an absolute circus and turned it into must-see reality television.

Now, I still have my doubts concerning Trump’s staying power as the GOP frontrunner. He’s far too big of a liability in the general election and I just can’t see the RNC or Fox News allowing him to be the GOP candidate without a huge fight. While they’re walking a dangerous path if they try to “take him out,” their only choices might ultimately be:

  • Embrace him as their candidate, which will likely cost them the White House next year. – or – 
  • Turn on him and risk him running as a third-party candidate which could cost them the White House next year.

The only real hope Republicans have is that Trump will eventually self-implode, which is still highly likely to happen. I honestly believe it’s only a matter of time before he finally says something that pisses off enough Republicans to where he’ll start falling in the polls.

Then again, these are Republican voters we’re talking about. Many of these people typically only care about what sounds good – it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not.

Donald Trump is a perfect example of this.

According to the well-respected and non-partisan fact-checking site Politifact, practically nothing of substance that he says is actually true. Of the 38 comments Politifact has investigated (the vast majority coming after he announced his bid for the White House), zero have been rated as True with only two (5 percent) being rated as Mostly True.

On the flip side, an astonishing 30 of his 38 comments (79 percent) have been rated as Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire. To put it another way, Trump makes serial liar Ted Cruz look like Abe Lincoln by comparison; 9 of the 51 Cruz comments Politifact has fact-checked have been found to be either True or Mostly True, with 35 found to be Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire.

I bet it gets under Cruz’s skin that Trump is lying to conservative voters far more effectively than he is. 

Yet, despite this horrific record of dishonesty, Trump has managed to become the overwhelming (and flat-out dominant) candidate in the very crowded GOP field. Once again, when it comes to pandering to conservatives, all you really need to do is tell them what they want to hear; it doesn’t matter at all if it’s actually true.

Not only that, but he almost never provides any details about how he would do anything. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen someone from the press push him to provide specific details on how he would do some of the things he’s promised to do if elected and his answer typically goes something like this:

Listen, I’ll do what no other candidate can do and it will be fabulous. These other losers can’t get done what I’ve promised to do within the first few weeks after I take office. I’ll do wonderful things for this country.

While I’m obviously paraphrasing, that’s generally how he answers most requests to give specifics about his policies and how he plans to implement them. It’s actually comical to watch him get asked specific questions, then dance his way around them while trying not to actually answer them.

No matter what ultimately ends up happening as it relates to Donald Trump and his quest for the White House, it is a testament to the absurdity of the Republican party that someone like Trump could actually become their presidential frontrunner and hold a commanding lead for as long as he already has.

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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  • Iceneedle

    Interesting how the right now attacks politifact as well. The National Review attacked politifact for its handling of what politicians have said and not being as accurate etc. I just find it amusing that Republican politicians seem to be more involved with rhetoric than facts. If it sounds good let it fly.

    • Shy Waters

      Not all conservatives are that way and certainly not all conservatives are behind Trump.
      Maybe if a few more people quit pointing fingers at the left or the right and decided to meet somewhere in the middle we could come up with a decent candidate who isn’t a liar, thief, cheat, or souless sack of crap.
      I would vote for the Burger King before I voted for Hillary, Jeb, Bernie or Trump.
      I think it’s a sad statement about our country when these are our choices.

      • Maria

        I’ve found that when Republicans don’t like the facts, they tend to blame the source. Go on PolitiFact and look up “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” and you’ll see they rated it “Pants on Fire.” PolitiFact is indeed nonpartisan. Sorry, folks.

      • festmatt5440

        Speaking ‘ ; of ‘ s o r r y ‘ .

      • AntiSoros

        I’ve found that when Democrats, Liberals and “progressives” have no argument, they elect to marginalize their opponents as Alinsky instructs. ONE PROBLEM…people like Trump can’t be marginalized so move along quietly…

      • Iceneedle

        To be fair, Kasich could be a serious contender, IF, he does not get into the clown car.

      • festmatt5440

        Yep ; the current ‘ Communist ‘, is so much better ‘ .

    • ProteinBar

      The reason is because Politifact has a clear left wing bias and they themselves are more concerned about their left wing agenda than the facts. Their bias comes across in many ways: 1. First in their interpretation of level of truthfulness. 2. They sometimes cite statements that are inaccurate. 3. They leave out statements that do not meet their agenda. 4. They sometimes take statements out of context. I think their bias has gotten worse in recent years and I no longer see them as a credible source.

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Reality has a left leaning bias. Just because conservatives has a lax relationship with truth, does not make Politifact partisan.

      • festmatt5440

        Quit showing , your ginoraance and stupidity

      • Odd Jørgensen

        //Quit showing , your ginoraance and stupidity//
        Oh sweet irony. I guess proper education is not on the menu in your area? Or were you homeschooled?

      • LexingtonMcg3e

        Spoken like a true bottom feeding welfare state loving sheep.

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Why do you hate America?

      • LexingtonMcg3e

        I love america, I hate liberals. They are the shit stained poison that disgraces america.

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Claiming to love America ( Capital A, see?) while cheering for the conservative nutjobs that is tearing the nation down is not a problem in your eyes? Gee, look at me, asking you to be sensible and stuff. Have fun spewing your vitriol and bile Lex, and may god have mercy on your sole.

      • LexingtonMcg3e

        I’d be more concerned about a capital “G” in front of “God” if I we’re you. Obama has vomited his policies on the land and and managed to leave a worse mess in the middle-east than GWB. He’s doing his part in changing America from the innovative, successful, business savy nation to a permanent welfare state where dependents will eventually outgrow productive individuals. The shit show results are already creeping up on us he’s done enough damage already that a recovery is possibly not even possible.

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Ah, Obama Derangement Syndrome, Murka!!!!

      • LexingtonMcg3e

        Coming from a welfare state Obama worshipper, i’ll take that as a compliment.

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Hardly an Obama worshiper, but as an outsider I get a pretty spectacular view of the Murkan arena of right wing nutjobs and leftist PC blather, you`re a running joke here in Europe.

      • LexingtonMcg3e

        Europe hahaha… don’t make me laugh. In between Greece and Spain begging for money and drowning in debt because of their leftist policies to Sweden becoming a Muslim breeding ground I would not act smug about Europe.

      • Tom Baker

        Next time a tyrant wants to ruin your countries, call someone who cares

      • Leonard Grubb

        can’t even spell “soul” – the sole you referred to is the bottom of a shoe!

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Oh dear, it`s almost like you never heard anyone being sarcastic before eh?

      • H. Gene Lawrence

        Sole? Ha,ha,ha,ha!

      • tekwrite

        There is the h word. Liberals never leave home with out it, Why does Obama HATE America so?

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Benghazi!! He gonna take our guns and freedumbs!!!

      • AntiSoros

        Hilarious…you committed lefties are simply hilarious.

      • tekwrite

        Hillary would not know the Truth if it smacked her up side the head. Hmmm…now THAT I would like to see.

    • IBEW

      Reality check – Politifact is a left wing origination with democrats and liberals running it and financing it.

    • festmatt5440

      Are you really that naive ‘ ;or just that stupid ‘ ?

      • tekwrite

        Ask Obama, he should know!

      • Iceneedle

        Are you?

  • J.R. Palmer

    well more lies about Trump , what all these scum sucking parasites are afraid of is losing their back room deals and they wont be able to stop all the investigations for the corruption that has been going on for the last 7 years , so they come out with a bullshit story like this one , ha what a bunch of retards

    • evelyncm

      J.R. Palmer, you are SO right!!!

    • Tom Denham

      Yeah please keep supporting Trump. We progressives are cheering you on, because he doesn’t have a chance in hell of actually winning the general election.

      • Tom Baker

        Progressives are too stupid to understand that they are communists

      • chief

        They will tell you that you do not truly understand the Unicorn and Rainbows version of Communism/Socialism taught to them by their liberal professor.

      • chief

        What are you progressing to? What do you consider the end game in one sentence? You do know that Socialism is a failed religion right?

      • tekwrite

        Remember your words! Hillary will implode and that leaves you with…bahaha!

      • Frank Kalisz

        And you think the Supreme Liar Hillary does?

    • Diane Stanley

      I believe you’re talking about the last 15 years.

  • AntiSoros

    When empty, “progressive” lies reach preposterous heights. The blind fact is a non-political candidate who refuses to be marginalized is DOMINATING the nomination process thus far and as such, it profoundly scares the libtools. Trump cannot be marginalized so it removes their key weapon.

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  • Tom Baker

    The progressives in both parties are just afraid Trump is exposing all their lies and fraud. Time to take this country back

  • IBEW

    the ability for liberal progressive democrat party uber alles partisan hacks to create what does not exist in order to manufacture support and rationalization for what they want to believe while ignoring and denying all fact and reality knows no limits or bounds –

  • Jody Carter

    Well it’s pretty clear Clifton doesn’t like Trump or Cruz. Why would Trump make his plans clear to the media they would just put their own spin on it.Trump seems pretty clear to me.Clifton can’t handle someone with a set of balls and a backbone.

  • LOL! This funny BS!

  • Teresa Randall Walker

    This journalist is a joke! He talks of the lies of Trump & Cruz… what is Hillary doing?? The liberals can’t see the truth if it hit them in the face!

  • Ed Tashjian

    Sylvia. Smith. How about Obamacare. You know the bill you have to pass to see what is in it. The one where Obama’s marketing aide said they depended on the STUPIDITY of the people to get this through. That means the Dems. He CALLED THEM STUPID. the Republicans did not buy it. They were not Stupid.
    Do you wish to talk about his “aiding and abetting”. Those INVADERS from the south are criminals, not immigrants.
    Obama has chosen to forsake his oath of office to enforce the laws. Not just the ones he likes. When you assist lawbreakers to evade the law, it is punishable by imprisonment. Called “aiding and abetting”. You would go to jail for this. Anything else you would like to discuss such as his COMMUNIST background. Please challenge me on that, please!

  • Isn’t that rich! Libtards complaining about conservatives lying. Did you get to keep your plan, period?

  • Glen Jacobs

    Progressive globalist are the minions of Obamabots. They have no thought process, just drink the kool-aid and cheer for the big government that tells them what to think and do.