King of Whoppers: Trump Is Top Campaign Liar of 2015, PolitiFact Finds
Justin Wm. Moyer - The Washington Post
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December 22, 2015
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The bigger the lie, they say, the more people will believe it. Or, in Republican presidential contender Donald Trump’s case, the sheer volume of lies will do the trick.
That was the thought behind Politifact’s decision to award Trump its not-so-coveted “Lie of the Year” award. The Pulitzer-prize winning fact-checking service, overseen by the editors of the Tampa Bay Times, didn’t even bother selecting one of the Donald’s untrue statements.
“In considering our annual Lie of the Year, we found our only real contenders were Trump’s — his various statements also led our Readers’ Poll,” the publication wrote. “But it was hard to single one out from the others. So we have rolled them into one big trophy.”
Among Trump’s misstatements, as Politifact noted: His insistence that “thousands” cheered the destruction of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11; that Mexico sends its “bad” citizens over the U.S. border; and that “Whites killed by blacks — 81%” when, in fact, most people are killed by someone of the same race.
“PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked,” the publication wrote. “No other politician has as many statements rated so far down on the dial.”
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