Happy New Year! He may not have another year in office to try and break his own record, but according to The Washington Post, President Donald Trump averaged a staggering 15 false claims per day in 2018.
The fusillade of tweets was the start of a year of unprecedented deception during which Trump became increasingly unmoored from the truth. When 2018 began, the president had made 1,989 false and misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database, which tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. By the end of the year, Trump had accumulated more than 7,600 untruths during his presidency — averaging more than 15 erroneous claims a day during 2018, almost triple the rate from the year before.
He didn’t waste any time either: according to the article, after taking New Year’s Day off, Trump spent the morning of January 2, 2018 lying about some frequent targets – Hillary Clinton, Iraq, and The New York Times, on Twitter.
Trump started 2018 on a similar pace as the previous year. As of May 2018, Trump averaged about 200 to 250 false claims a month. Sounds high, right? Well…that was nothing. By June of 2018, Trump’s false claims exploded when he topped 500 falsehoods. Trump also uttered nearly 500 more falsehoods in both July and August, followed by almost 600 in September, and more than 1,200 in October and nearly 900 in November. In December, Trump drifted back to the mid-200s.
Trump thinks his lies and rhetoric are getting one over on America, but he’s wrong in that regard. Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans believe many of his most-common false statements, according to a Fact Checker poll conducted this month.
Only among a pool of strong Trump approvers — about 1 in 6 adults in the survey — did large majorities accept several, though not all, of his falsehoods as true.
Trump loves to talk about polls and ratings, so let’s take a look at a November Quinnipiac poll that found 58 percent of voters say Trump wasn’t honest, with only 36 percent who said he was honest. The very same poll found 50 percent saying he is “less honest” than most previous presidents.
Buckle up! 2019 is going to be a wild ride. It will certainly be interesting to see this sinking ship in complete desperation mode, lying his way all the way to impeachment and possibly prison.
The most complete and utter failure in American political history, bar none. Happy New Year.