August 3, 2018

Liar in Chief

Independent, UK

Due to summer vacation schedules, The Washington Post had fallen a month behind in updating its Fact Checker’s database that analyses, categorises and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the American president.

It turns out that this was when the president decided to turn on the spigots of false and misleading claims. As of day 558, he has made 4,229 Trumpian claims – an increase of 978 in just two months.

That is an overall average of nearly 7.6 claims a day. 

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When they first started this project for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. But the average number of claims per day keeps climbing the longer Mr Trump stays in office. In fact, in June and July, the president averaged 16 claims a day.

Put another way, in his first year as president, Mr Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims. Now, just six months later, he has almost doubled that total.

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