Report: Trump Wins PolitiFact’s ‘Lie Of The Year’ Award For A Third Time
PolitiFact named President Donald Trump the recipient of their “Lie of the Year” Award for repeatedly defending his claim that the whistleblower got his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “almost completely wrong.”
Since the release of the whistleblower complaint on Sept. 26, Trump has insisted more than 80 times that the whistleblower’s account is fake, “total fiction,” “made up,” and “sooo wrong.” Yet, the whistleblower got the call “almost completely” right.
The now-famous complaint alleged that Trump “pressured” President Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, look into allegations that interference in the 2016 election originated with Ukraine and a Democratic server (rather than being attributed to Russia, as the U.S. intelligence community has confirmed), and speak with Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr about those issues.
The whistleblower wrote: Trump “is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman of the National Security Council was present during the phone call and confirmed what was said in congressional testimony.
“I guess, look, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where the gain would be for the president in investigating the son of a political opponent,” Vindman said in his deposition.
PolitiFact editors’ annual review of the most flagrant inaccuracies awarded Donald Trump with their PolitiFact’s 2019 Lie of the Year.