Fact Checkers: Donald Trump Literally Hasn’t Made One True Statement

December 21, 2015   |   Jake Anderson

Jake Anderson
December 21, 2015

UPDATE: Politifact amended their database to include ONE true statement made by Trump. The group also awarded him their annual Lie of the Year distinction!

(ANTIMEDIA) During the high winds of a political season, virtually every candidate is caught telling half-truths, misrepresentations of facts, distorted statistics, and even outright lies. That’s why groups like Politifact and FactCheck.org have plenty of work during an election season, especially when the presidency is up for grabs. Candidates are out there on the campaign trail almost every day, spouting agitprop to the hordes and slinging sound bytes to TV cameras.

In the 2016 campaign season, we have in our midst a particularly fascinating candidate, Donald Trump, who, according to fact checkers, hasn’t made a single true statement. While his poll numbers have never been higher, his truthfulness rating could not be more abysmal. In fact, Trump could go down as the most pathologically dishonest political candidate in American history, which is impressive given our nation’s rich history of lying politicians.

According to Politifact, the vast majority of Trump’s recent statements are false, mostly false, or ‘pants on fire’ false and, literally, ZERO of his statements are true. 16 percent of his statements are mostly false; 39 percent of his statements are false; and 21 percent constitute the ‘pants on fire’ status, which, according to Dead State, includes his claim that Obama wants the United States to absorb 250,000 Syrian refugees.

Other greatest hits from Trump’s distorted reality machine include the following:

Mostly false

— “Hundreds of thousands of (illegal immigrants are) going to state and federal penitentiaries.”
— “We’re practically not allowed to use coal any more. What do we do with our coal? We ship it to China and they spew it in the air.”

False

— “The 9/11 terrorists’ friends, family, girlfriends in the United States were sent back for the most part to Saudi Arabia. They knew what was going on. They went home, and they wanted to watch their boyfriends on television.”
— Regarding Syrian refugees, “there aren’t that many women, there aren’t that many children.”
— Under the Iran deal: “If Israel attacks Iran … we’re supposed to be on Iran’s side.”

Pants on Fire

— Trumps’s tweeted crime statistics show blacks kill 81 percent of white homicide victims.  

— He stated Bernie Sanders will “tax you people at 90 percent.”

To see the full database of Trump lies, which is fairly staggering for anyone who has even a passing appreciation for the truth, check out Politifact’s Donald Trump file. Also, check out the FactCheck.org video below for a visual montage and chronology of his lies:

And as a final note, let’s recall what George Orwell said on the subject of truth and lies:

“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”


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Author: Jake Anderson

Jake Anderson joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in April of 2015. His topics of interest include social justice, science, corporatocracy, and dystopian science fiction. He currently resides in Escondido, California.

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19 Comments

  1. Its really easy to make an article stating various things you SAY are false if you dont present evidence for ANYTHING. Keep being a joke.

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  2. Sean Fitz Actually it IS their job if they are going to pretend to be fact checkers and call someone a liar.

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  3. Chad Feanny Scroll back up, see those things that are underlined, those are links that take you to the sources where this information came from. Each of those articles provides evidence for their points as well as sources for that evidence.

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  4. I would like to see all the evil men hung by the neck untill dead;
    But I am in no position to be handing out death warrants;

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  6. Where is the article on Obama lies or Hillary lies; we won't see it because it is against Jake's political views. If balanced reporting isn't done then an article is just propaganda and nothing more. For your information I am not a Trump supporter and I do worry if he is elected that he won't limit his power to what the Constitution say a President's power is.

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  7. The above article is based on Politifact's findings. Here's Obama's file: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/barack-obama/
    Here's Trump's: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/
    Obama tells more truth than lies. Trump tells much more lies than truth. Obama is also not currently running for president. Which is the bigger news story right now?
    For completionist sake, here's clinton's file: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/hillary-clinton/

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  8. Joseph Tavernier Thank you for providing those. For a moment there, I thought I was responsible for cataloguing the lies of every politician in history just to not seem biased.

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  9. So if he does the stupid things he says and starts another war for the Americans this time on American soil that ok with you. I guess your a gun nut antivaxxer too lol. You guys, sheesh its no wonder America is fading as a super power. You guys if you look at history realise that France was once the biggest super power in the world and now its just another country. That will be America in the next 10 years, 4 if Trump gets in.

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  10. Graham Kissell look at this country, the last 8 yrs have torn it apart, but this is still my country and I will fight for her and yes that means with guns. Do I agree with everything that Trump says? No. But like I said in my original comment, he'd be better than we've had in at least 8 yrs., no since we're assuming things, I assume you prefer Hillary?

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  11. Dear Jason, I am passing my comments as an outsider though I have had lived in States 14 yrs. Bush had destroyed the economy of US of A and the responsibility fell on Obama. When take an office doesnt mean u start from that point. U take the whole baggage. If u think a bit neutrally and go over stats then u will find that unemployment is lowest in a very very longtime infact b4 obamas time. I follow things cause I have very soft corner for US of A. I simply luv the country. Oh BTW, i am a muslim bht i am not a terrorist.

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  12. Erfanul Haque congrats on being a Muslim and thank you for not being a terrorist. I do agree with you that bush was the original problem and caused a lot of issues and I understand Obama stepped in when there was already issues. That being said Obama has been the biggest failure as Pres that I can remember, he hasn't done anything he campaigned on as well as trying to strip our freedoms away, also I'm not sure where you got your information about unemployment and perhaps you are right but not in my state and as far as 60-70 percent of the people I talk to on fb says the same. In my opinion Obama is trying to systematically destroy USA and I really hope he doesn't succeed. Thanks for the insight.

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  13. Thanks brother. Actually the data was shared I blv in CNN as well as other media except Fox (wonder why! Hehehe). I know Obama probably… No infact is the best smooth talker president in the history of USA. He BS's a lot but has improved the economy significantly. I was in the US during Clinton and i did tell my college buddies that he will b the pres. Of the country and also did predict that he will b pres. For the 2nd term as well. I have seen how he brought the country out of debt only to c 2nd bush tale it down the tube. I am not sure what part of the country u r from but overall picture of US is improving slowly. The main problem with US is that they cant stand up for itself against Israel who is taking advantage. US is really going backword this days thanks to the republican front runner donald duck ( ooops tramp). He is deviding the country for the worse for his own personal agenda. U guys should try to put a stop to it br it goes out of hand. Thanks r listening to my 2 cents

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  14. Thanks brother. Actually the data was shared I blv in CNN as well as other media except Fox (wonder why! Hehehe). I know Obama probably… No infact is the best smooth talker president in the history of USA. He BS's a lot but has improved the economy significantly. I was in the US during Clinton and i did tell my college buddies that he will b the pres. Of the country and also did predict that he will b pres. For the 2nd term as well. I have seen how he brought the country out of debt only to c 2nd bush tale it down the tube. I am not sure what part of the country u r from but overall picture of US is improving slowly. The main problem with US is that they cant stand up for itself against Israel who is taking advantage. US is really going backword this days thanks to the republican front runner donald duck ( ooops tramp). He is deviding the country for the worse for his own personal agenda. U guys should try to put a stop to it br it goes out of hand. Thanks r listening to my 2 cents

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  15. Jason Kellum holy fuck you called it "her" that tells a lot about your grade of intelligence, and probably the standard level of intelligence of us – (and its an intentional lower cap).

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  16. Elia Cordaro lol leave to some libtard to attack a person they don't know for something they can't understand, and please realize idgaf what your opinion of my intelect is. Fu and have a nice day.

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