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Most of us know the story of George Washington and his hatchet, first told by biographer Mason Locke Weems, sometimes doubted but never disproven, in which the young Washington claims "I cannot tell a lie," and is richly rewarded for it. Since that time truthfulness has been touted to young children as a trait of character needed to rise to a station of high esteem. How things have changed! Today we have a president who has risen to that office largely on a bed of lies. Exposing these lies is so widely done that today's children cannot be unaware of them. How can we expect them to tell the truth with an example such as this? Rather than tell the truth, say whatever puts you in the best light! Such an example cannot but create problems for both parents and teachers and could shake the foundation of our society.

Very few of Donald Trump’s misstatements are controversial. The great majority is easily disproven and fall into one of four categories:

  1. Self-aggrandizing statements, such as overstating his Electoral College win and the size of the crowds at his inauguration and at his rallies.

  2. Claiming credit for things he had nothing or very little to do with.

  3. Denying that he said or did things that are on the record or which he previously had admitted to.

  4. Misstatements made to push an agenda, such as saying that U. S. unemployment is at a historic high when in fact there is a labor shortage; or implying that there is no wall along the U. S. – Mexico border and illegal immigrants are pouring in. During the campaign the Republican Party even screened a video of such an occurrence, made in Morocco.

Here is a selective collection of Donald Trump's misstatements from the time of his election in November of 2016 to the time of publication. The first of these are from Politico Magazine and the later ones are from such sources as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politifact, whom Donald Trump characterizes as purveyors of "fake news" because they print the truth about him.

Nov 13, 2016 (Twitter): "Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the ‘Trump phenomena’"

The Times reports that between Election Day and Trump’s tweet, the paper added four times the average number of net new digital and print subscriptions.

Nov 13, 2016 (Twitter) "The @nytimes states today that DJT believes ‘more countries should acquire nuclear weapons.’ How dishonest are they. I never said this!"

In a May 4, 2016 interview with Wolf Blitzer, Donald Trump was asked if he is ready to let Japan and South Korea become nuclear powers. Trump responded, "I am prepared to, if they're not going to take care of us properly, we cannot afford to be the military and police for the world.” On March 29, 2016, Anderson Cooper asked Trump, “Saudi Arabia, nuclear weapons?” Trump replied, “Saudi Arabia, absolutely.”

Nov 17, 2016 (Twitter) “Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky - no Mexico […] I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!”

Ford never had any plans to move its Kentucky plant or fire any of its employees there. According to a Reuters report, the plan was to move its production line of Lincoln SUVs from a Kentucky facility to Mexico, and then to direct the workers at that Kentucky plant to begin building Ford Escapes. At no point were American jobs at risk.

Nov 20, 2016 (The New York Times) “The last [campaign rally] ended at 1 o’clock in the morning in Michigan. And we had 31,000 people, 17,000 or 18,000 inside and the rest outside.”

Police told Breitbart News that they estimated 6,000 people attended Trump’s final campaign rally at the DeVos center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Nov 20, 2016 (The New York Times) “We ended up close to 15 points of the African American vote, as you know.”

Donald Trump received approximately 8 percent of the black vote, according to polling data. Obama won 96% of the black vote in 2008.

Nov 20, 2016 (The New York Times) “First of all, we don’t make the windmills in the United States. They’re made in Germany and Japan.”

A report from the Energy Department said 72 percent of wind turbine equipment installed in the United States in 2012 was made by domestic manufacturers.

Nov 27, 2016 (Twitter) “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally”

This may refer to a Washington Post article from 2014 that used data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study to assert large numbers of non-citizens voted in the 2008 and 2010 elections. The article was highly contested, including through three rebuttals and a peer-reviewed article arguing that the methodology of the original article was flawed.

Nov 27, 2016 (Twitter) “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!”

Politifact investigated this claim in all three states mentioned, and rated Trump’s claim “Pants on Fire” in each case. Secretaries of state in California and New Hampshire told Politifact that Trump’s allegation is unfounded and baseless, and Virginia’s top election official said the same.

Dec 1, 2016 (Cincinnati, Ohio) “We have no idea who [Middle East refugees accepted in the United States] are, where they come from.”

According to the State Department, the review process for refugees takes an average of 18-24 months to complete. That process includes two in-depth interviews, security screenings by at least five national security agencies and biometric security checks. The government has a very good idea of who refugees are and where they come from by the time they reach U.S. soil.

Dec 1, 2016 (Cincinnati, Ohio) “And today, you’re older and you’re working harder. And in many cases, you have two jobs. Some of that is because of Obamacare.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, when Obama took office in 2009, 5.2 percent of the workforce held multiple jobs. That number dropped down to 5.0 in 2010, when Obamacare was passed, and then dropped to 4.9 percent between 2011 and 2015. In the first 11 months of 2016, that number rose back to 5.0 percent, the same as it was in 2010.

Dec 8, 2016 (Des Moines, Iowa) “We got to get the jobs. We got 96 million people out there.”

Trump likely meant 94 million people, the total number of Americans age 16 and over who aren’t in the labor force. That number, however, includes all retirees, stay-at-home parents, people with disabilities who aren’t working, people who can afford to work and choose not to and high school and college students. The most common unemployment number used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (U-3), counted approximately 7.4 million Americans in November. An alternative BLS measure (U-6), which includes people who looked for a job for an entire year but gave up and part-time employees who would prefer full-time work, counts nearly 15 million Americans. That’s a fraction of the 96 million that Trump suggests are seeking jobs.

Dec 9, 2016 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) “We haven’t had refineries built in decades, right? We’re going to have refineries built again.”

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, two petroleum refineries were built in Texas in 2015, and in 2014, one was built in Texas and one in North Dakota.

Dec 9, 2016 (Grand Rapids, Michigan) “Now, I get no credit for this. [The Clinton campaign] spent $2.2 billion [in Michigan]. What did we spend? Like, a little more than $300 million.”

In any consistent accounting method, Trump is overestimating Hillary Clinton’s spending. According to the final numbers from the Federal Election Commission, if one includes groups allied with the campaigns, Clinton spent about $1.2 billion in Michigan, while Trump and his allies spent about $600 million. If you limit the accounting to funds spent by the campaign, the totals drop to around $562 million spent by the Clinton campaign and $313 million by the Trump campaign.

Dec 11, 2016 “We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College.”

The percentage of Electoral College votes Trump won—56.88 percent—ranks in the bottom quartile of the nation’s 54 presidential elections. In the 18 elections since the end of World War II, Trump’s percentage ranks in the bottom third.

Dec 11, 2016 “You look at what’s happening in Mexico, where are people just, our plants are being built, and they don’t wait 10 years to get an approval to build a plant, they build it, like, the following day or the following week.”

According to Alejandro Orozco, a consultant in Mexico City with FTI Consulting, it can be quite difficult for major companies to get the environmental permits to begin construction in Mexico. “You are required to prove the environmental impact of your project,” The process to get the federal permit usually takes a year, he said, and can be longer than that for big projects. “I doubt that you can get the proper permits in less than six months.”

Dec 12, 2016 (Twitter) "Unless you catch ‘hackers’ in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking." Trump’s tweet is part of his argument that Russia’s role in election hacking remains unknown.

First, CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that initially connected the Democratic National Committee hack to the Russian government, did catch the hackers in the act. “When the DNC hired us back in May, we actually came in and deployed our technology, called Falcon, on all of the systems inside their corporate network,” Dmitri Alperovitch, a co-founder of CrowdStrike, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in December. “We actually watched these adversaries for a number of days and weeks as we were preparing to kick them out.”

Even if the DNC hackers had not been caught in the act, Trump is wrong to assert that investigators could no longer determine their identities. In the DNC’s case, Alperovitch wrote on the company’s blog that they recognized malicious codes and hacking techniques unique to two Russian-connected actors: “Cozy Bear” and “Fancy Bear.”


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