Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he has never heard President Donald Trump tell a lie to the American people -- not even once.
Considering that Trump’s false statements have been relatively well-tracked since his inauguration -- and indeed, since he began running for office -- it bends the mind to understand how Jordan has remained oblivious to the president’s relationship with the truth.
In the process of discussing former FBI Director Jim Comey’s recent 60 Minutes interview, during which Comey said Trump “lies constantly, about matters big and small”, Cooper asked Jordan if he disagreed with Comey:
“I do. I believe the American people spoke loud and clearly on election day, and they made Donald Trump the President of the United States,” Jordan responded.
Pulling the congressman back to the topic at hand, Cooper asked Jordan if he thinks “the president lies a lot, like Jim Comey says”, and Jordan replied that he does not consider the president untruthful -- and then he pivoted back to Comey, accusing the former FBI director of leaking information to the press.
Jordan held his ground, saying “nothing comes to mind” when he ponders whether the president has ever made demonstrably false statements.
If that seems ridiculous, it’s because it is.
President Trump has been caught lying to the American people on an almost daily basis.
According to The Washington Post’s count from January 2018, Trump made 1,950 false claims in 347 days -- an average of 5.6 claims a day.
As regular readers know, the president has a tendency to repeat himself — often. There are now more than 60 claims that he has repeated three or more times. The president’s impromptu 30-minute interview with the New York Times over the holidays, in which he made at least 24 false or misleading claims, included many statements that we have previously fact-checked.
At that time, Trump was still lying about the Affordable Health Care Act being ‘dead’, taking credit for business deals that predated his tenure, insisting his tax cut was the biggest ever, playing loose with the truth about American unemployment rates, and making misleading statements about the stock market.
If Rep. Jim Jordan has never heard the president lie, he simply has not been paying attention -- or, he inhabits the same false reality as President Trump.