Trump is a record-breaking liar as president – is it a mental problem?

According to the Washington Post, Trump has made 1,950 lies since being sworn in as President on January 20, 2017. That’s an average  of 5.6 a day for every day he has been President.

Unlike most politicians who, when caught in a lie, won’t repeat it again, Trump seems to enjoy repeating claims that have been proven not to be true. According to the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, there are more than 60 lies that Trump has repeated at least three times during his first year as president.

It’s as though Trump is trying to rewrite reality. Or maybe he simply doesn’t have the mental capacity to understand what is real and what is not.


Some lies from Trump’s interview with the New York Times

The Washington Post actually counted one lie every 75 seconds, but lets be generous and just cover a few.

(1) Trump said the claims against Paul Manafort occurred “many years ago before I ever heard of him.” They met in 2011. The accusations cover the period from 2006 through 2017, and he was campaign chair until August 2016.

(2) He lied and said Senator Dianne Feinstein appeared “on television saying there is no collusion” between his campaign and Russia in the 2016 election. She never said that. She said it needs to be investigated.

(3) He lied, claiming the Democrats “made the Russian story up as a hoax, as a ruse, as an excuse for losing an election.” Obama was privately and publicly complaining to Putin about it since September, 2016.

(4) He lied and said “saved coal,” contrary to trends reported by the government.  The number of coal mining jobs fell to about 48,600 in September 2016 from almost 90,000 in January 2012.

(5) He lied and said he “essentially gutted and ended Obamacare.” Vital parts of the current law — the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, rules stipulating insurance policies cover essential health benefits and new taxes to pay for the cost of subsidized coverage — remain intact.


Trump continues to lie about the non-existent “War on Christmas”

Trump sent out Christmas Eve wishes by praising himself for “leading the charge against the assault” on the phrase “Merry Christmas,” in yet another example of the president claiming to have won a dispute that never existed.

Trump has repeatedly lied and claimed that American citizens were somehow unable to freely say the season’s greeting until he became president.

And here’s a clip showing Trump repeating the lie and, more importantly, clips of all the times Obama said, you got it, “Merry Christmas.”

There was never a war on Christmas. However Trump is engaged in a full blown war on facts and truth. And he has his own “Newspeak” where the words “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “science-based” and “evidence-based” can’t be used in certain government budget proposals.


Trump’s new lie about this year’s Time Magazine “Person of the Year” cover

Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he turned down a potential offer to be TIME Magazine’s coveted “Person of the Year” after, Trump says, the magazine told him he would “probably” be given the honors.

Trump’s tweet: “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!”

Time Magazine issued a statement disputing the President’s account.
“The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6,” a spokeswoman told CNN.

Time Inc.’s chief content officer, Alan Murray, later said the President’s tweet didn’t have “a speck of truth.”

“Amazing. Not a speck of truth here—Trump tweets he ‘took a pass’ at being named TIME’s person of the year,” Murray tweeted, along with an article about the incident.

Trump has long been obsessed with being on the cover of TIME and other news magazines, even making fake covers to hang in some of his properties.
Last summer, TIME asked for the fake magazines to be removed after reports surfaced that at least five of Trump’s golf clubs featured the fakes bearing his photo.

Trump’s serial lying about Russia

Being a liar has defined Donald Trump.  He’s been lying his entire life. Now he is trying to save his presidency with a blizzard of lies about Russia. The Trump strategy has been first to lie outright that his campaign had nothing to do with Russians whatsoever. When meetings with Russians were revealed, they explained them away with new lies, that the meetings were routine and didn’t mean anything. When the Russian contacts turned out to be real and substantive, they lied that the contacts didn’t amount to “collusion.” When collusion between the campaign and the Russians couldn’t be explained away, they created a wholly new line of lies, that it was Hillary who colluded with Russians through the so-called “uranium sale,” by financing the Steele dossier, which had sources . . . who were Russians.

Telling lie after lie after lie got Trump the presidency, but now many of the people who have stood by while he lied, or lied for him, are being put under oath, and when you raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth, telling lies can get you arrested. Lying can put you in jail. Deciding whether or not to tell the truth when you’re under oath is why people in the Trump White House are hiring $1,000 an hour Washington, D.C. lawyers. It’s no fun at all.  For example, consider Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who lied to the FBI, was arrested, charged, pled guilty, and is now cooperating with the investigation into Russian connections with the Trump campaign led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

More to come as the Trump presidency unravels.

More details at Salon and the New York Times.

Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies

A Paul Krugman column well worth reading. From the article:

Why does Trump keep repeating what even he has to know by now is a flat lie? I suspect it’s a power thing: he enjoys showing that he can lie repeatedly through his teeth, be caught red-handed in his lie again and again, and his followers will still believe him rather than the “fake news” media.


Trump lies and claims his health care repeal didn’t fail

With Trump you really can’t imagine what fantastic lie he will say next. But in a Thursday’s “Fox and Friend”  interview Trump actually said, “Health care didn’t go down. We have the votes.”

The facts are these. There are three Republican “no” votes on the legislation put forward by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. No one — including Graham and Cassidy — dispute that fact. Given that there are only 52 Republican senators, when you lose three of their votes, you don’t have 50. You have 49.

It’s why Senate Republican leaders called off the vote planned for this week. They don’t have the votes.  They just don’t. Everybody knows that.

Yet another outlandish Trump lie.

Update on Trump’s lie about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower – DOJ says no evidence

On Friday, lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) wrote that the department has no records supporting President Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower.

“Both [the Federal Bureau of Investigation] and [National Security Division] confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” the DOJ said in the filing, referring to Mr. Trump’s tweets.

Both the FBI and the Justice Department have now sided with former FBI director James Comey, who testified to Congress that he knew of no evidence that Obama ordered wiretapping at Mr. Trump’s namesake property in Manhattan.

In March, after watching a Fox News report, Trump tweeted, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

In another tweet, the president called Mr. Obama “low” and “sick.”

But it was just another Trump Lie.