2018 was a big year for President Trump, but not in the way he probably expected. According to a new CNN report the President of the United States said over 6,000 untrue things to the American people.
(CNN)That President Donald Trump often doesn’t tell the whole truth, or even part of it, is not new.But what is new — or at the very least newsworthy — is how rapidly the rate at which Trump doesn’t tell the truth has sped up over the past year. According to The Washington Post’s invaluable Fact Checker, Trump said more than 6,000 things in 2018 that were either misleading or false — a rate of almost 16 untruths a day.
In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe!Think of that: The President of the United States averages — AVERAGED — 16 distortions or falsehoods — every single day of 2018.
As the Post’s Fact Checker team points out, Trump’s rate of prevarication nearly tripled between year one and year two of his presidency. Through the end of 2017, Trump had said just over 2,000 false or misleading things.
Which means, quite simply, that Trump is becoming more emboldened, more willing to bend (or break) facts to fit his desired worldview. As objective facts continue to turn against him, the President retreats more and more into a world of his own creation. And urges his loyalist followers to ignore everything but what he says.
Despite some of his minor successes, this President has had a problem-saving face with the American people. It is hard to take him seriously when you know every word coming out of his mouth is a lie.