Trump opened his campaign rally in Phoenix talking, as usual, about sizes – this time crowd sizes.
“What a crowd,” Trump said Aug. 22 about his supporters inside the Phoenix Convention Center.
Then he lied and said: “And just so you know from the Secret Service, there aren’t too many people outside protesting, OK. That I can tell you.”
TV news and the Phoenix Police Chief meanwhile said there were “tens of thousands” of people out on the streets.
Trump repeated his claim multiple times during his speech. At one point he said, “How about all week they’re talking about the massive crowds that are going to be outside. Where are they?”
But even Fox News reported that “thousands of protesters gathered outside” the convention center.
From the Washington Post – In early August, the president crossed a new benchmark — over 1,000 false or misleading claims. According to The Fact Checker’s calculation, he now averages 4.9 claims per day.
The total is 1,057 lies since January.
- 14 lies about NATO
- 18 about Russia
- 19 about the F-35
- 42 about new business deals (Ford, GM, etc.)
- 50 about Obamacare
Trump has averaged 4.9 lies per day since taking office.
Trump on August 15, 2017:
“You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent. . . . You had a lot of people in that [white nationalist] group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know — I don’t know if you know — they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit.”
In blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville that left one person dead, Trump twice asserted that the people protesting white supremacists and neo-Nazis lacked a permit, unlike the groups that gathered to protest the possible removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. That turns out to be false.
Walt Heinecke, a professor at the University of Virginia received a “special events certificate of approval” for events at McGuffey Park and Justice Park — sites blocks from Emancipation Park, where white nationalists had a permit for a Saturday rally. The car driven by James Alex Fields Jr. rammed into counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman, on Fourth Street, which runs adjacent to Justice Park.
Charlottesville spokeswoman Miriam I. Dickler told Moyer that only one permit was issued for Emancipation Park — the one received by white nationalists staging the “Unite the Right” rally. However, counter-protesters did not need permits to protest that rally, she said.
“Please bear in mind that people do not need a permit to enter a public park, even when another event is scheduled to take place there, nor are they required to have one to be on streets or sidewalks adjacent to or outside the park,” Dickler said in an email.
Trump twice claimed that counter-protesters lacked a permit to demonstrate in Charlottesville. But they did have permits for rallies — and they did not need one to go into or gather near Emancipation Park, where white nationalists planned their rally. The president earned Four Pinocchios from The Washington Post for these lies.
On Monday, Trump tweeted:
The Fake News Media will not talk about the importance of the United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote in favor of sanctions on N. Korea!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
Why he tweeted such an easily disprovable lie is up for debate. Was it complete ignorance on his part? Was he simply trying to rally his supporters in order to distract from his deteriorating support and the Russia problems?
Whatever the cause, he plainly lied.
The truth is that before Trump complained that the media would not talk about the importance of the UN vote, dozens of articles had already been written by all the major media.
From the Washington Post: “Trump’s Big Win on North Korea,” “U.N. Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea Following Missile Test,” “Trump Touts New Sanctions on North Korea,” “What the New Sanctions on North Korea Mean,” and “North Korea says it won’t give up nuclear weapons and that entire U.S. mainland is within firing range.”
From the New York Times: “U.N. Security Council Imposes Punishing New Sanctions on North Korea,” “Trump Praises New U.N. Sanctions on North Korea” to name just two.
In the LA Time the full front page was the headline, “Touch New Sanctions on N. Korea.”
NBC News covered the UN vote. ABC News covered it. CBS News covered it, too.
Trump simply made up a lie out of whole cloth, deceiving his supporters. Why do they continue to support a man who lies to them every day?
Trump told the Wall Street Journal last week, “I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful,” referring to his speech to some 40,000 Boy Scouts and troop leaders at their quadrennial “jamboree” in West Virginia.
On Tuesday the Boy Scouts say they have no knowledge of any such call. Instead, they referred back to the statement by chief executive Mike Surbaugh apologizing for Trump’s speech as inappropriately political. While addressing a crowd largely made up of 12- to 18-year-olds, the president boasted about his election win, ridiculed Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton and called the news media dishonest.
“I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent,” Surbaugh wrote in a statement released July 27. “We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.”
One Republican consultant said the episode should serve as a warning to other groups that might want to invite Trump to their events.
“If he’s willing to lie about the Boy Scouts, what won’t he lie about?” said the consultant, who asked to remain anonymous in order to be able to speak candidly about his party’s leader. “It’s another reminder that any organization that associates with President Trump risks damage to their reputation.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway recently said on CNN that Trump is not technically lying when he says false things because he often isn’t aware that what he’s saying is not true. Trump “doesn’t think he’s lying about those issues,” she said.
That is maybe even more worrisome.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that a report that President Donald Trump personally dictated his son’s misleading statement regarding a meeting last summer with a Russian attorney “bothers me a lot.”
“It bothers me a lot because, one, he put his son in jeopardy,” Graham said on NBC’s “Today” show of a Monday Washington Post report that Trump had reportedly dictated his son Donald Trump Jr.’s statement explaining his meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer who he had been led to believe was in possession of Russian government-sourced damaging information on Democrat Hillary Clinton.
That initial statement from Trump Jr. first indicated that the meeting had been about adoption issues related to sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. But Trump Jr. was later forced to concede that he took the meeting based on the promise of information on Clinton when emails related to the meeting were published.
“If that’s true then that was a bad decision by the president which will make us ask more questions,” Graham said. “When you get caught in a lie about one thing it makes it hard to just say ‘let the other stuff go.’”