Most of what Trump said this year was provably false, according to Politifact. Much of what he said rose to vaunted “Pants on Fire” status, reserved for only the most egregious lies. If you own anything from the Trump Collection…. especially pants….. burn them now, you’ll feel better.
Lest anyone think Politifact is picking on poor Donald, particularly after Hillary Clinton falsely accused him of auditioning for and appearing in ISIS recruitment videos, check out the bipartisan nature of this award over the years, going back to the first one in 2009, Sarah Palin saying “Death Panels” were part of Obamacare. 2010’s award went to the Republican charge that Obamacare was “A government takeover of healthcare.” The next year the Democrats got tagged for charging that a Republican resolution amounted to “A Vote to End Medicare.” It was not. In 2012, Mitt Romney tried to win Ohio by claiming Chrysler was moving its production of Jeeps from there to China. It wasn’t true. 2013 brought back Obamacare and nailed the President’s line, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Last year, 2014, it was Lies About Ebola, including Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy.
PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked. No other politician has as many statements rated so far down on the dial. In considering our annual Lie of the Year, we found our only real contenders were Trump’s — his various statements also led our Readers’ Poll. But it was hard to single one out from the others. So we have rolled them into one big trophy.
The Examiner.com headline on this is: Donald Trump Wins First, Second, and Third Place for 2015 “Lie of the Year.” The guy is a one-man Murderers’ Row of BS. Even worse, he has people who either believe him and support him…or are not sure or don’t CARE if they believe him but like his ‘tude and still support him. Did H.L. Mencken really say “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public?” No…. it’s even better! Here’s the actual quote. Think of Trump and his entire public history while you read it: “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” Burn those pants.
UPDATE 12/22…. Trump has become so easy to predict…. Mediaite gets the quote from Fox News: Donald Trump Trashes ‘Totally Left-Wing’ PolitiFact For Awarding Him ‘Lie of the Year’