There's one thing that people on both sides of the political aisle can agree on: All politicians lie. It's an unfortunate truth, but it is the truth, and it's important to be aware of it every time you hear someone in office start to speak. Politicians are constantly playing a game of balancing their own opinions with their party's and with their constituents'. Some lies may be accidental while others are more malicious. Very few (if any) of them are ever beneficial in the long run.
That being said...
Donald Trump lies. A lot.
According to an article from The Washington Post from November, he lies an average of 5.5 times per day. That's a lotta lies.
Now there's an interactive graph showing how Trump's lies compare to President Obama's.
Last week, The New York Times published a story claiming that Trump watches between 4 and 8 hours of television each day. Trump took offense to the claim.
He called The New York Times a “failing” publication and insisted that he doesn’t watch that much TV. He also wanted to make sure each of his 44.7 million Twitter followers knows that he really, really doesn’t like Don Lemon.
(The Times story also claimed that Donald Trump drinks a dozen Diet Cokes each day. Judging from what we already know about his eating habits, we’re rather inclined to believe it.)
But just a few days prior to Trump's claim the Times is "failing," Adam Goldman (one of Times' reporters) had shared the following numbers:
In reality, The New York Times has more than 130 million monthly readers and has doubled its audience over the past two years. To put that in perspective, that’s 86 times more people than Trump said attended his inauguration (one of his first false claims as president, in fact).
Not exactly what we’d call “failing.”
On December 14, perhaps inspired by Trump's jab at their readership, The New York Times published the following graph:
According to the interactive graph, Trump has lied 103 times during the first 10 months of his presidency.
By comparison, the Times reports Obama lied 18 times — during his entire 8 years in office.
The Times claims their graph only counts “demonstrably and substantially false statements.” Additionally, if the same lie was told twice, they only count it as one falsehood. According to another report by the Times, Trump told a public lie or falsehood every single day for the first 40 days of his presidency.
What kind of lies are we talking about, here?
Let’s review a few of Trump’s lies first.
Trump’s first lie, according to the graph, occurred on January 21, 2017 (a.k.a. his first full day in office). “I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq,” Trump claimed. In reality, he was originally in support of an invasion.
Then there are the lies about the inauguration attendance (“the audience was the biggest ever”) and the 3-5 million illegal votes that kept him from winning the popular vote (no evidence of illegal voting exists).
The most recent Trump lie on the graph is him claiming that the Democrats colluded with Russia to interfere with the election. They did not.
If we were to measure these lies in Pinnochio noses, it'd look something like this:
Really big. ‘Cause there are a lot of lies. And remember, that’s only counting discrete, measurably false claims since the guy took office. It doesn’t count him saying he has “the best words” or that he has “one of the great memories of all time.”
But we know what you’re thinking. What about Obama’s lies?