The assault on reality started on Inauguration Day 2017 almost instantly after President Donald Trump took power and uttered his first words.
He overstated the “carnage” he was inheriting, then later overemphasized his “enormous” crowd and declared, despite clear proof to the contrary, that it had actually not rained throughout his address. He duplicated the rain declare the next day, in addition to the made notion that he held the “all-time record” for appearing on the cover of Time magazine.
Therefore it went, day after day, week after week, claim after claim, from the most ordinary of topics to the most pressing problems.
Over time, Trump unleashed his fallacies with increasing frequency and ferocity, often by the ratings in a single campaign speech or tweetstorm. What began as a relative trickle of misstatements, consisting of 10 on his first day and 5 on the second, constructed into a gush through Trump’s last days as he frenetically spread wild theories that the coronavirus pandemic would vanish “like a wonder” which the presidential election had been stolen– the claim that motivated Trump advocates to attack Congress on Jan. 6 and prompted his second impeachment.
The final tally of Trump’s presidency: 30,573 incorrect or misleading claims– with almost half can be found in his final year.
For more than 10 years, The Truth Checker has actually examined the accuracy of claims made by political leaders in both celebrations, and that practice will continue. However Trump, with his abnormally flagrant disregard for truths, presented a brand-new obstacle, as many of his claims did not merit full-fledged reality checks. What began as a weekly feature– “What Trump got incorrect on Twitter this week”– developed into a task for Trump’s very first 100 days. In response to reader requests, the Trump database was kept for 4 years, despite the increasing concern of keeping it up.
The database ended up being an untruth tracker for the ages, extensively mentioned around the world as a determining stick of Trump’s presidency– and as of noon Wednesday it was officially retired.
Whether such a tracker will be necessary for future presidents is unclear. Nevertheless, the impact of Trump’s rhetoric may reverberate for many years.
” As an outcome of Trump’s consistent lying through the presidential megaphone, more Americans are doubtful of genuine realities than ever previously,” governmental historian Michael Beschloss stated.
An assessment of the Truth Checker database shows the significant escalation in the rate of Trump’s dishonesty in time. Trump balanced about 6 claims a day in his very first year as president, 16 claims day in his 2nd year, 22 claims day in his 3rd year– and 39 declares a day in his final year. Put another way, it took him 27 months to reach 10,000 claims and another 14 months to reach 20,000 He then surpassed the 30,000 mark less than 5 months later on.
Trump made incorrect claims about almost everything, huge and little, so the Fact Checker database supplies a window into his obsessions (and the news cycle) at the time. When Trump felt