Every year the well-respected and non-partisan, Pulitzer Prize winning, fact-checking site Politifact finishes their year off with a coveted “Lie of the Year” award, given to the individual who told the boldest, most outrageous lie. But there’s a catch: they let their readers choose which statement is worthy of the notorious acclimation. In 2013, President Obama was the recipient with his claim that “If you like you insurance plan you can keep it.” Last year, Politifact rounded up all the false hoopla around Ebola and made it a package deal. Very fitting considering Republicans won the midterms based on that and ISIS.
But this year’s Lie of the Year came as no shock – the statement that won was from none other than Republican frontrunner Donald Trump! Yes, Donald Trump’s statement, “I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people [aka Muslims] were cheering” as the World Trade Center collapsed, which was rated as a Pants on Fire claim, garnered 47 percent of the 7,350 votes cast. Considering there is not one shred of evidence (and is disputed by the FBI, NYPD, and even Rudy Giuliani himself), Trump’s attempt to besmirch Muslims and politicize a tragedy was thrown right back in his giant man-baby face.
Coming in second place for Lie of the Year was from – oh, look – Donald Trump! This claim, that he tweeted, says crime statistics show blacks kill 81 percent of white homicide victims. Another Pants on Fire claim. This claim received 13.2 percent of the votes.
Now who could have come in third place? Say it isn’t so – it’s Donald Trump again! Remember back in June when Trump decided to start off his campaign by saying “The Mexican government … they send the bad ones over?” Yeah not only was that rated Pants on Fire as well, it got ten percent of the vote.
Politifact readers really must hate Donald Trump — for good reason — because Donald Trump also appeared a fourth time when he said the unemployment rate in the United States may be as high as 42 percent, ANOTHER Pants on Fire claim.
So in their top ten statements, Trump made it four times, and Ben Carson, who was once in second place in the GOP primaries, made the list three times. Hillary Clinton’s comment that the gun industry is protected from any liability made the list, as did Harry Reid’s comment that 30 percent of women get their healthcare through Planned Parenthood. Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz made the list for his muddying of Planned Parenthood statistics (which included his extremely misleading graph).
So not only does Trump appear four times, Republicans, in general, appear eight times in the top ten. And Republicans say Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are the liars? I’m surprised Carly Fiorina didn’t top the list with all the nonsense she has spewed this election season.
Good job Republicans, that’s quite a frontrunner you have there!
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