Fact Checkers Excoriate Trump’s “Many Campaign Misstatements”
PolitiFact: All Of Trump’s “Campaign Misstatements” Win “2015 Lie Of The Year” Because “It Was Hard To Single One [Lie] Out From The Others.” PolitiFact awarded its annual Lie of the Year award to Donald Trump’s “many campaign misstatements,” because “it was hard to single one out from the others.” Politifactnoted that 76 percent of the statements they checked from Trump were “Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire” and “no other politician has as many statements rated so far down” as Trump. The organization included his falsehoods about thousands of Muslims cheering in New Jersey on September 11, the Mexican government encouraging criminals to immigrate to the U.S., and racially-charged crime statistics, noting that “bending the truth or being unhampered by accuracy is a strategy he has followed for years”:
It’s the trope on Trump: He’s authentic, a straight-talker, less scripted than traditional politicians. That’s because Donald Trump doesn’t let facts slow him down. Bending the truth or being unhampered by accuracy is a strategy he has followed for years.