Don­ald Trump said 560 false things in to­tal

Toronto Star - - AMERICA VOTES - DANIEL DALE WASH­ING­TON BUREAU CHIEF

NEW YORK— Sure, all politi­cians lie. But Don­ald Trump is in a class by him­self.

He lies strate­gi­cally. He lies point­lessly. He lies about im­por­tant things and mean­ing­less things. Above all, he lies fre­quently. Since he be­gan his cam­paign last June, the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date has sub­jected Amer­ica to a daily bar­rage of in­ac­cu­racy and men­dac­ity.

His ri­val, Hil­lary Clin­ton, has her own rep­u­ta­tion for dis­hon­esty. Some of it is no doubt earned: she has made false claims this cam­paign about her email scan­dal, about her flip-flop on the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship and about as­sorted other things. But our scru­tiny shows there is just no com­par­i­son in their level of ac­cu­racy on the cam­paign trail. At the three pres­i­den­tial de­bates, for ex­am­ple, we counted 104 false claims for Trump to 13 for Clin­ton.

The un­prece­dented quan­tity of Trump false­hoods is why we started fact-check­ing ev­ery­thing he said. From mid-Septem­ber through Sun­day, we did 28 “#TrumpCheck” analy­ses of every word he ut­tered or tweeted in a given day.

The to­tal: 560 false claims, or a neat 20 per day. Some of the false things 72 False claims about Hil­lary Clin­ton’s poli­cies, in­clud­ing: “Hil­lary’s plan in­cludes open bor­ders with the Mid­dle East,” said Oct. 17. 40 False claims about African Amer­i­cans and the “in­ner ci­ties,” in­clud­ing: African Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties are “ab­so­lutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in be­fore — ever, ever, ever,” said Sept. 20. 37 False claims about Daesh, also known as ISIS and ISIL, and the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing: Clin­ton has “been fight­ing ISIS (her) en­tire adult life,” said Sept. 26. 21 False claims of a rigged elec­tion, in­clud­ing: “This is a rigged elec­tion, folks,” said Oct. 17.

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