President Donald Trump is on track to blow away last year’s daily average of false and misleading statements, according to The Washington Post’s fact-checker database, as so far in 2019, the president has averaged nearly 22 such claims a day.
During his first year in office, Trump averaged about 5.9 false or misleading claims; last year, that average climbed to nearly 16.5 a day.
The Post said that as of March 3 — which was Trump’s 773rd day in office — “Trump accumulated 9,014 fishy claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.”
Many of this year’s falsehoods came during the president’s more than 2-hour long speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, during which Trump made more than 100 false or misleading claims.
Of that speech, the Post said: “Trump’s performance at CPAC is emblematic of his version of the truth during his presidency — a potent mix of exaggerated numbers, unwarranted boasting and outright falsehoods. His speech helped push March 3 to his fourth-biggest day for false or misleading claims, totaling 104.”
Three of the claims Trump made at CPAC are listed on The Fact Checker’s Bottomless Pinocchios — a collection of lies the president has told time and again, which now number 20.
They include: “131 times he has falsely said he passed the biggest tax cut in history, 126 times he has falsely said his border wall is already being built and 116 times he has asserted that the U.S. economy today is the best in history.”
According to The Fact Checker, immigration tops the list of subjects Trump lies about most frequently, with 1,688 false or misleading claims on the topic since taking office.
Foreign policy comes in second with 1,015, which is “followed by claims about trade (939), the economy (840) and jobs (815).”