Debunking 'President Trump's lies, the Definitive list'


So, The New York Slimes posted a piece about a month ago chronicling Trump's 'lies'. As I began to read I noticed a disturbing trend, most of these 'lies' were either political grandstanding (taking credit for something your predecessor did or blaming your predecessor for a problem you exacerbated), proven correct at a later time, or a hyperbole (commonly used by all politicians). Some are what could be marked 'mostly true' or 'mostly false'. I don't like those labels so I used so-so for statements in which parts are true and parts are false. There were also some statements that either we don't know if they will pan out, or appeared to be true at the time. I marked these True at the Time.

I'll warn you now, this list is very long and repetitive, but here we go. Along the way I will be marking these 'lies' according to the above categories then we will see what the list looks like.

  • JAN. 21 “I wasn't a fan of Iraq. I didn't want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.) This was a lie
  • JAN. 21 “A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.” (Trump was on the cover 11 times and Nixon appeared 55 times.) HYPERBOLE**.**
  • JAN. 23 “Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There's no evidence of illegal voting.) No evidence, but not a lie. This goes in unsubstantiated.
  • JAN. 25 “Now, the audience was the biggest ever. But this crowd was massive. Look how far back it goes. This crowd was massive.” (Official aerial photos show Obama's 2009 inauguration was much more heavily attended.) This is a hyperbole
  • JAN. 25 “Take a look at the Pew reports (which show voter fraud.)” (The report never mentioned voter fraud.) This is a lie, I couldn't find any evidence of a study on voter fraud.
  • JAN. 25 “You had millions of people that now aren't insured anymore.” (The real number is less than 1 million, according to the Urban Institute.) Hyperbole
  • JAN. 25 “So, look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can't have that.” (There were no gun homicide victims in Chicago that day.) No one was killed that day, thee people were killed the next day. Probably a hyperbole, but I'll mark this one a lie.
  • JAN. 26 “We've taken in tens of thousands of people. We know nothing about them. They can say they vet them. They didn't vet them. They have no papers. How can you vet somebody when you don't know anything about them and you have no papers? How do you vet them? You can't.”(Vetting lasts up to two years.) Immigrants come from countries with no records. In those countries there is no real vetting process because of lack of records. This is True
  • JAN. 26 “I cut off hundreds of millions of dollars off one particular plane, hundreds of millions of dollars in a short period of time. It wasn't like I spent, like, weeks, hours, less than hours, and many, many hundreds of millions of dollars. And the plane's going to be better.” (Most of the cuts were already planned.) Grandstanding
  • JAN. 28 “The coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost has been so false and angry that the Times actually apologized to its dwindling subscribers and readers.” (It never apologized.) This could refer to any number of corrections. Corrections are a routine part of the newspaper game. This is True
  • JAN. 29 “The Cuban-Americans, I got 84 percent of that vote.” (There is no support for this.) Hyperbole, the number is in the 50s. Substantially higher than other Latinos.
  • JAN. 30 “Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage.” (At least 746 people were detained and processed, and the Delta outage happened two days later.) While this may have been apparent after the fact, there is a real possibility that Trump's info at the time of the tweet was that only 109 were detained and he reasoned that the Delta outage was the reason for the other detentions. This wass True.
  • FEB. 3 “Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” (There is no evidence of paid protesters.) The NYT misses that, at the time, there were reports of paid protestors. I'll label as unsub.
  • FEB. 4 “After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!” (It never apologized.) Again, Corrections. This is True.
  • FEB. 5 “We had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.” (About 60,000 people were affected.) By this point, I think it is hard to dispute Trump must have known that wasn't the number. I do feel for him as if he were to retract earlier statement, it would have seemed like he was lying. This was a lie.
  • FEB. 6 “I have already saved more than $700 million when I got involved in the negotiation on the F-35.” (Much of the price drop was projected before Trump took office.) Grandstanding.
  • FEB. 6 “It's gotten to a point where it is not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it.” (Terrorism has been reported on, often in detail.) This is true.
  • FEB. 6 “The failing @nytimes was forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win. Now they are worse!” (It didn't apologize.) Retractions/corrections. True.
  • FEB. 6 “And the previous administration allowed it to happen because we shouldn't have been in Iraq, but we shouldn't have gotten out the way we got out. It created a vacuum, ISIS was formed.” (The group’s origins date to 2004.) Eh, a group being formed is not the same as taking hold. ISIS was being armed by the Americans. When America pulled out, ISIS began terrorizing the people they were put in power to protect. The vacuum was created by Bush but exacerbated by Obama. Grandstanding.
  • FEB. 7 “And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years.” (It was higher in the 1980s and '90s.) In Chicago the rate has returned to a rate comparable to the rates in the 80s, when it was the highest. It is currently on track to match last year's rates. This is True.
  • FEB. 7 “I saved more than $600 million. I got involved in negotiation on a fighter jet, the F-35.” (The Defense Department projected this price drop before Trump took office.) GRANDSTANDING
  • FEB. 9 “Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave ‘service’ in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!” (It was part of Cuomo's first question.) Blumenthal avoided the question and Cuomo failed to double down. This is True.
  • FEB. 9 “Sen. Richard Blumenthal now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?” (The Gorsuch comments were later corroborated.) I couldn't find this article proving the statement false. UnSUB
  • FEB. 10 “I don’t know about it. I haven’t seen it. What report is that?” (Trump knew about Flynn's actions for weeks.) Based on what we know now, This is a Lie.
  • FEB. 12 “Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!” (The media did cover it.) Even in the linked article it says 'a few supporters' vs the number that Trump says were there. I'll put this in unsub.
  • FEB. 16 “We got 306 because people came out and voted like they've never seen before so that's the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all won bigger margins in the Electoral College.) This is false. He did win bigger than Bush Jr but none of the other modern day candidates.
  • FEB. 16 “That’s the other thing that was wrong with the travel ban. You had Delta with a massive problem with their computer system at the airports.” (Delta's problems happened two days later.) As stated earlier, Trump was doubling down on what he had already said vs saying that he got the time wrong. This is a lie.
  • FEB. 16 “Walmart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives.”(The jobs are a result of its investment plans announced in October 2016.) Grandstanding.
  • FEB. 16 “When WikiLeaks, which I had nothing to do with, comes out and happens to give, they’re not giving classified information.” (Not always. They have released classified information in the past.) WikiLeaks is a page where anyone can upload leaks. The leakers he is talking about did not leak classified info. This is True
  • FEB. 16 “We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban. But we had a bad court. Got a bad decision.” (The rollout was chaotic.) This is an opinion. Since it is an opinion, I'll label it so-so.
  • FEB. 16 “They’re giving stuff — what was said at an office about Hillary cheating on the debates. Which, by the way, nobody mentions. Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates.” (It was widely covered.) This was not one of the highly covered topics. Compared to the access Hollywood tape, it recieved almost no attention. This is True.
  • FEB. 18 “And there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing.” (Refugees receive multiple background checks, taking up to two years.) Again, with governments that do not have record, there can be no vetting, and yet people are coming in. This is True
  • FEB. 18 “You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” (Trump implied there was a terror attack in Sweden, but there was no such attack.) HYPERBOLE
  • FEB. 24 “By the way, you folks are in here — this place is packed, there are lines that go back six blocks.” (There was no evidence of long lines.) Hyperbole.
  • FEB. 24 “ICE came and endorsed me.” (Only its union did.) Fact Check, government Agencies cannot endorse a candidate. The Union endorsing Trump is the closest ICE could get to endorsing Trump. This is true.
  • FEB. 24 “Obamacare covers very few people — and remember, deduct from the number all of the people that had great health care that they loved that was taken away from them — it was taken away from them.”(Obamacare increased coverage by a net of about 20 million.) As Trump said, getting coverage does not take away from previous coverage being denied. One insurer in California had to cancel 900,000 plans alone. According to's chart, if you take the highest number (early 2014) to q4 2015, you get a 7 point drop. However, if you take the lowest number, q4 of 2008 you only get a 3 point drop. So the number of uninsured increased during Obama's first term. 18million of those people obtained coverage through medicaid. So what you have at most is 1.7 million people getting health insurance who didn't have it before. I'll call this True
  • FEB. 27 “Since Obamacare went into effect, nearly half of the insurers are stopped and have stopped from participating in the Obamacare exchanges.” (Many fewer pulled out.) The PreO'care numbers compared to the 2017 numbers hit around 45%, apparently proving Trump's claim true. However, while there were at least 395 insurers with 1000+ insured in the individual states in 2013 at its peak, only 307 companies in states participated in O'care in its peak. Since the peak in 2015, 30% have dropped. Since we would reasonably say 40 is almost 50, I'll label this a HYBERBOLE.
  • FEB. 27 “On one plane, on a small order of one plane, I saved $725 million. And I would say I devoted about, if I added it up, all those calls, probably about an hour. So I think that might be my highest and best use.” (Much of the price cut was already projected.) Grandstanding.
  • FEB. 28 “And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.” (NATO countries agreed to meet defense spending requirements in 2014.) But only 5 were contributing the agreed amount. They might not keep their word, so I'll label True at the time.
  • FEB. 28 “The E.P.A.’s regulators were putting people out of jobs by the hundreds of thousands.” (There's no evidence that the Waters of the United States rule caused severe job losses.) Regulations make it harder to hire and maintain Employees. This is true.
  • FEB. 28 “We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials.” (They can't lobby their former agency but can still become lobbyists.) From what I can tell, the 'weaking' the NYT talks about is that Lobbyists can join the administration. But Trump's statement is true.
  • MARCH 3 “It is so pathetic that the Dems have still not approved my full Cabinet.” (Paperwork for the last two candidates was still not submitted to the Senate.) Despite what this would have you believe, Most of Trump's candidates were announced early and as of Mar 3, three Trump cabinet members hadn't taken office, not two. Also on the 2nd two members took office. This is True.
  • MARCH 4 “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” (There's no evidence of a wiretap.) Wiretap is sometimes a generalized term for surveillance. The NYT reported on this fact on inauguration day. This is True.
  • MARCH 4 “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” (There's no evidence of a wiretap.) See previous. This is true.
  • MARCH 7 “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” (113 of them were released by President George W. Bush.) Grandstanding.
  • MARCH 13 “I saved a lot of money on those jets, didn't I? Did I do a good job? More than $725 million on them.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.) Grandstanding.
  • MARCH 13 “First of all, it covers very few people.” (About 20 million people gained insurance under Obamacare.) See above. True
  • MARCH 15 “On the airplanes, I saved $725 million. Probably took me a half an hour if you added up all of the times.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.) Grandstanding.
  • MARCH 17 “I was in Tennessee — I was just telling the folks — and half of the state has no insurance company, and the other half is going to lose the insurance company.” (There's at least one insurer in every Tennessee county.) But not in 2018, which is likely what the president was talking about. This was Later proven True.
  • MARCH 20 “With just one negotiation on one set of airplanes, I saved the taxpayers of our country over $700 million.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.) Grandstanding.
  • MARCH 21 “To save taxpayer dollars, I’ve already begun negotiating better contracts for the federal government — saving over $700 million on just one set of airplanes of which there are many sets.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.) Grandstanding.
  • MARCH 22 “I make the statement, everyone goes crazy. The next day they have a massive riot, and death, and problems.” (Riots in Sweden broke out two days later and there were no deaths.) Hyperbole.
  • MARCH 22 “NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that.” (It has fought terrorism since the 1980s.) But Nato did not help in the War on Terror as it originated after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This is True.
  • MARCH 22 “Well, now, if you take a look at the votes, when I say that, I mean mostly they register wrong — in other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly and/or illegally. And they then vote. You have tremendous numbers of people.” (There's no evidence of widespread voter fraud.) In this case the president isn't talking about widespread illegal voting, but voting in the wrong counties. I'll call it so-so. It did happen, but not to the extend he claims.
  • MARCH 29 “Remember when the failing @nytimes apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their coverage was so wrong. Now worse!” (It didn't apologize.) Retractions and Corrections. This is true.
  • MARCH 31 “We have a lot of plants going up now in Michigan that were never going to be there if I — if I didn’t win this election, those plants would never even think about going back. They were gone.” (These investments were already planned.) Grandstanding.
  • APRIL 2 “And I was totally opposed to the war in the Middle East which I think finally has been proven, people tried very hard to say I wasn’t but you’ve seen that it is now improving.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.) This is a lie.
  • APRIL 2 “Now, my last tweet — you know, the one that you are talking about, perhaps — was the one about being, in quotes, wiretapped, meaning surveilled. Guess what, it is turning out to be true.” (There is still no evidence.) But there was, though. This is true.
  • APRIL 5 “You have many states coming up where they’re going to have no insurance company. O.K.? It’s already happened in Tennessee. It’s happening in Kentucky. Tennessee only has half coverage. Half the state is gone. They left.” (Every marketplace region in Tennessee had at least one insurer.) Hyperbole.
  • APRIL 6 “If you look at the kind of cost-cutting we’ve been able to achieve with the military and at the same time ordering vast amounts of equipment — saved hundreds of millions of dollars on airplanes, and really billions, because if you take that out over a period of years it’s many billions of dollars — I think we’ve had a tremendous success.” (Much of the price cuts were already projected.) Grandstanding
  • APRIL 11 “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve.” (He knew Steve Bannon since 2011.) This is a lie. Trump should have stuck to his original story, since it was probably true.
  • APRIL 12 “You can't do it faster, because they're obstructing. They're obstructionists. So I have people — hundreds of people that we're trying to get through. I mean you have — you see the backlog. We can't get them through.” (At this point, he had not nominated anyone for hundreds of positions.) One fact does not take away from the other. This is True.
  • APRIL 12 “The New York Times said the word wiretapped in the headline of the first edition. Then they took it out of there fast when they realized.” (There were separate headlines for print and web, but neither were altered.) This was true at the time. The NYT fought claims of wire tapping despite printing those claims. This is not a normal practice to give separate headlines and the practice seems deceptive.
  • APRIL 12 “The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism.” (NATO has been engaged in counterterrorism efforts since the 1980s.) See above, this is true.
  • APRIL 12 “Mosul was supposed to last for a week and now they’ve been fighting it for many months and so many more people died.” (The campaign was expected to take months.) Hyperbole.
  • APRIL 16 “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!” (There's no evidence of paid protesters.) No one told the NYT this had been a joke in conservative circles since the initial revelations... Unsub.
  • APRIL 18 “The fake media goes, ‘Donald Trump changed his stance on China.’ I haven’t changed my stance.” (He did.) He didn't change his stance. He simply decided that working with China to defeat North Korea was more important than starting a trade war by labeling them Currency Manipulators. This is true.
  • APRIL 21 “On 90 planes I saved $725 million. It's actually a little bit more than that, but it's $725 million.” (Much of the price cuts were already projected.) Grandstanding
  • APRIL 21 “When WikiLeaks came out ... never heard of WikiLeaks, never heard of it.” (He criticized it as early as 2010.) This is a lie. See previous WikiLeaks comment.
  • APRIL 27 “I want to help our miners while the Democrats are blocking their healthcare.” (The bill to extend health benefits for certain coal miners was introduced by a Democrat and was co-sponsored by mostly Democrats.) HELP for Coal Miners Healthcare Act was introduced by McConnell. It is stuck in committee. This is true.
  • APRIL 28 “The trade deficit with Mexico is close to $70 billion, even with Canada it’s $17 billion trade deficit with Canada.” (The U.S. had an $8.1 billion trade surplus, not deficit, with Canada in 2016.) The trade good's deficit is still 12.1 billion. The surplus is from services. HYPERBOLE
  • APRIL 28 “She's running against someone who's going to raise your taxes to the sky, destroy your health care, and he's for open borders — lots of crime.” (Those are not Jon Ossoff's positions.) Hyperbole.
  • APRIL 28 “The F-35 fighter jet program — it was way over budget. I’ve saved $725 million plus, just by getting involved in the negotiation.” (Much of the price cuts were planned before Trump.) Grandstanding
  • APRIL 29 “As you know, I've been a big critic of China, and I've been talking about currency manipulation for a long time. But I have to tell you that during the election, number one, they stopped.” (China stopped years ago.) Eh, open for interpretation. He feels like they aren't manipulating the currency. This is unsub.
  • APRIL 29 “I've already saved more than $725 million on a simple order of F-35 planes. I got involved in the negotiation.” (Much of the price cuts were planned before Trump.) Grandstanding
  • APRIL 29 “We're also getting NATO countries to finally step up and contribute their fair share. They've begun to increase their contributions by billions of dollars, but we are not going to be satisfied until everyone pays what they owe.” (The deal was struck in 2014.) But the deal was not followed. Whether this pans out is another story. True at the Time
  • APRIL 29 “When they talk about currency manipulation, and I did say I would call China, if they were, a currency manipulator, early in my tenure. And then I get there. Number one, they — as soon as I got elected, they stopped.” (China stopped in 2014.) Again, open in interpretation. This is unsub.
  • APRIL 29 “I was negotiating to reduce the price of the big fighter jet contract, the F-35, which was totally out of control. I will save billions and billions and billions of dollars.” (Most of the cuts were planned before Trump.) Grandstanding.
  • APRIL 29 “I think our side's been proven very strongly. And everybody's talking about it.” (There's still no evidence Trump's phones were tapped.) This is true. There is overwhelming evidence
  • MAY 1 “Well, we are protecting pre-existing conditions. And it'll be every good — bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare.” (The bill weakens protections for people with pre-existing conditions.) The article they link to proves this wrong. This is True.
  • MAY 1 “The F-35 fighter jet — I saved — I got involved in the negotiation. It's 2,500 jets. I negotiated for 90 planes, lot 10. I got $725 million off the price.” (Much of the price cuts were planned before Trump.) Grandstanding
  • MAY 1 “First of all, since I started running, they haven't increased their — you know, they have not manipulated their currency. I think that was out of respect to me and the campaign.” (China stopped years ago.) Unsub.
  • MAY 2 “I love buying those planes at a reduced price. I have been really — I have cut billions — I have to tell you this, and they can check, right, Martha? I have cut billions and billions of dollars off plane contracts sitting here.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.) Grandstanding
  • MAY 4 “Number two, they’re actually not a currency [manipulator]. You know, since I’ve been talking about currency manipulation with respect to them and other countries, they stopped.” (China stopped years ago.) Unsub
  • MAY 4 “We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world.” (We're not.) This is a lie. In terms of corporate taxes we're number three, we are number 34 in income tax (11 for the very top of the top, depending on state) and we are barely in the top hundred for sales tax.
  • MAY 4 “Nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters.” (Polls show most Americans do care.) Hyperbole.
  • MAY 8 “You know we’ve gotten billions of dollars more in NATO than we’re getting. All because of me.” (The deal was struck in 2014.) See above, This is true.
  • MAY 8 “But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high — highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.” (Colbert's Late Show debut had nearly two million more viewers.) This is a classic Trump over inflation. This is a lie, but who really cares.
  • MAY 8 “Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows — there is ‘no evidence’ of collusion w/ Russia and Trump.” (Clapper only said he wasn't aware of an investigation.) And that the media had no evidence. This is True.
  • MAY 12 “Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.” (The F.B.I. was investigating before the election.) Sure, I guess. However, the Dems were not pushing the narrative until after the election. This is so-so.
  • MAY 12 “When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?” (Clapper said he wouldn't have been told of an investigation into collusion.) James Clapper said that he didn't know of collusion and he didn't have an evidence. Remember, he was still working for the administration from November 9th-January 20th at noon so he could have discovered collusion during that time but he didn't. This is true.
  • MAY 13 “I'm cutting the price of airplanes with Lockheed.” (The cost cuts were planned before he became president.) Grandstanding.
  • MAY 26 “Just arrived in Italy for the G7. Trip has been very successful. We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs.” (He's referencing an arms deal that's not enacted and other apparent deals that weren't announced on the trip.) Getting ahead of themselves. This is a lie.
  • JUNE 1 “China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020.” (The agreement doesn’t allow or disallow building coal plants.) The Paris Accord treat developed nations different than 2nd world nations. As India and China both fall into the category of 2nd world nations, they could delay their commitment to reducing Greenhouse Gases. This is True.
  • JUNE 1 “I’ve just returned from a trip overseas where we concluded nearly $350 billion of military and economic development for the United States, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.”(Trump’s figures are inflated and premature.) Hyperbole.
  • JUNE 4 “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”(The mayor was specifically talking about the enlarged police presence on the streets.) 'Don't worry, there are extra police so no one will kill you.' Yeah, lets admit that this is what the mayor was really saying. This is true.
  • JUNE 5 “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.” (Trump signed this version of the travel ban, not the Justice Department.) The Justice department enforces the law. He is saying that the JD shouldn't have told him to back down on the order. This is true.
  • JUNE 20 “Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!” (Republicans have won four special elections this year, while a Democrat won one.) 4-0 because there was no republican in the fifth race. This is so-so.
  • JUNE 21 “They all say it's 'nonbinding.' Like hell it's nonbinding.” (The Paris climate agreement is nonbinding — and Trump said so in his speech announcing the withdrawal.) By making the agreement, you are agreeing to follow the rules. This is True.
  • JUNE 21 “Right now, we are one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.” (We're not.) This is a lie. See above.
  • JUNE 21 “You have a gang called MS-13. ... We are moving them out of the country by the thousands, by the thousands.” (The real number of gang members deported is smaller.) This is true. About 3 thousand gang members have been deported. Don't have the number of MS13 Gang Members.
  • JUNE 21 “Your insurance companies have all fled the state of Iowa.” (They haven't.) This is so-so. Most counties only have one insurer.
  • JUNE 21 “If [farmers] have a puddle in the middle of their field ... it's considered a lake and you can't touch it. ... We got rid of that one, too, O.K.?” (The Obama environmental rule to limit pollution in the country’s waters explicitly excludes puddles.) Hyperbole.
  • JUNE 21 “Gary Cohn just paid $200 million in tax in order to take this job, by the way.” (Cohn sold Goldman Sachs stock worth $220 million.) This is a lie. But he did have to give away money because of a government mandate.
  • JUNE 21 “We’re 5 and 0.” (Republicans have won four special elections this year, while a Democrat won one.) Trump could have only won 4 elections because there were only republicans in 4 of the five races. So-so.
  • JUNE 21 “Last week a brand-new coal mine just opened in the state of Pennsylvania, first time in decades, decades.” (Another coal mine opened in 2014.) This is a lie.
  • JUNE 22 “Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia.” (Johnson, who had a different title, didn't say that.) He was the director of Homeland Security. This is a cabinet level position and as such, the term 'advisor' is true. He testified that there wasn't anything he could add in the open hearing to what had already been testified to. I'll call this so-so and a shameful attempt by the NYT to confuse the public.
  • JUNE 23 “We are 5 and 0 ... in these special elections.”(Republicans have won four special elections this year, while a Democrat won one.) Trump could have only won 4 elections as only 4 had republicans running. This is so-so.
  • JUNE 27 “Ratings way down!” (CNN's ratings were at a five-year high at the time.) Classic Trump lie.
  • JUNE 28 “Democrats purposely misstated Medicaid under new Senate bill — actually goes up.” (Senate bill would have cut the program deeply.) Expansion of the program. It did not cut it to current recipients. I'll call this so-so as it does not go up.
  • JUNE 29 “General Kelly and his whole group — they’ve gotten rid of 6,000 so far.” (The real number of MS-13 gang members who have been deported is smaller.) This is an extreme hyperbole.
  • JULY 6 “As a result of this insistence, billions of dollars more have begun to pour into NATO.” (NATO countries agreed to meet defense spending requirements in 2014.) This is True. The numbers were not being met.
  • JULY 17 “We’ve signed more bills — and I’m talking about through the legislature — than any president, ever.” (Clinton, Carter, Truman, and F.D.R. had signed more at the same point.) Please don't make me count. But in the first 100 Trump was 2nd. I'm not labeling
  • JULY 19 “Um, the Russian investigation — it’s not an investigation, it’s not on me — you know, they’re looking at a lot of things.” (It is.) Its true. The investigation wasn't into Trump specifically, but his associates.
  • JULY 19 “I heard that Harry Truman was first, and then we beat him. These are approved by Congress. These are not just executive orders.” (Presidents Clinton, Carter, Truman, and F.D.R. each had signed more legislation than Trump at the same point in their terms.) See above.
  • JULY 19 “But the F.B.I. person really reports directly to the president of the United States, which is interesting.” (He reports directly to the attorney general.) But if your boss' boss asks you to tell them something, you would. This is so so.

So, somehow I counted 3 times and I still counted wrong... But there are about 115 statements. 30 were true, 17 were lies, and the others were somewhere in the middle. Let this sink in (Also if someone could help me out on the count, that would be amazing. :) ) The NYT is lying to you. The media is lying to you. Yes, Trump lies but I'd say this is consistant with all politicians. He is not lying an extraordinary amount and many of the lies were about things like crowd size. Let me know what you think. Also sorry for not linking, this took me three says. But not linking is good because if you think I'm wrong, you can look it up for yourself.

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I feel that Jan 21 should probably be so-so given the response he gave was "Yeah...I guess." on Howard Stern.



Holy thorough list batman!
It's funny how when it comes to Trump the NYT apparently has no concept of hyperbole or jokes. Kek. They know exactly what they're doing, and are grasping at straws to paint Trump as a liar in any way they can.


Nice work. Trump is unlike most politicians in that he treats things like a business deal in which he's playing hard ball. People think he flip flops when in reality he's manipulating people and organisation's to do what he wanted from the beginning. Obviously if you're not very intelligent and/or lack critical thinking skills, every one of his critics is lacking in at least one of these respects, what he's doing will go straight over your head.


Pretty thorough list. One doesn't need to read thru all of it to know the NYT has an agenda