President Donald Trump is only lying when he’s not telling the truth. That is to say, the man lies fairly constantly. It’s been documented that he lies an average of 5.5 times per day. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the biggest lies Trump has told in the past year.
Let’s start by going all the way back to Trump’s inauguration. The day after he was sworn in, Trump claimed the crowd at his inauguration looked “looked like a million-and-a-half people”, and he said that it “went all the way back to the Washington Monument.”
The White House Press Secretary at that time, Sean Spicer, backed up Trump’s claim, saying, “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.” These were clearly lies.
The only good thing to come from these lies was a new term Kellyanne Conway made up to defend the president and Spicer’s lies. When being interviewed by Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press, Conway was asked why Spicer lied to the American people about the size of the crowd at the inauguration. Conway responded, “You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.” Alternative Facts. A ridiculous phrase, coined at the beginning of a ridiculous presidency.
Next up, some lies about health care. In July, Trump attended a luncheon with Republican legislators The luncheon was held to discuss the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and while there, Trump made the statement that, if insurers could sell plans across state lines, “premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent.”
The White House offered no support for those figures, and experts disputed Trump’s claim. Because they were LIES.
More lies were told in August. Shortly after the horrific events at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Trump spoke at a press conference, trying to mitigate some of the damage he had done when he referred to militant racists as “very fine people”. At that time, Trump made the claim that his administration was “spending a lot of money on the inner cities”.
In reality, Trump’s 2018 budget proposed cuts to the Housing and Urban Development budget. Those cuts included the complete elimination of the Community Development Block Grant program. Taking money from HUD and eliminating inner city programs is pretty much the opposite of spending a lot of money.
Then in September, a real whopper was told. Trump gave his first speech at the UN General Assembly, claiming that US companies were “creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time”, and that “unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years.” While these claims are technically true, Trump had nothing to do with these numbers. As a matter of fact, the unemployment rate has steadily declined since 2009, which includes years that Barack Obama was in office. As far as job growth, those numbers have been increasing since early 2010, and the job gains during Trump’s time in office has actually been fewer than during the same time frame in the previous four years.
And these are just a few of the lies that President Donald Trump told in 2017. Who knows how many new tales he’ll come up with in 2018?