PolitiFact has recently named Republican Presidential front runner, Donald Trump, the winner of its annual “Lie of the Year” competition. The fact-checking website has rated 76 percent of Trump’s statements “mostly false,” “false” or “pants on fire,” out of 77 statements checked. “No other politician has as many statements rated so far down on the dial,” PolitiFact observes. Trump is often criticized for statements that have little to no basis in fact. Contrary to one of his claims for instance, no video has been found showing “thousands” of Muslim-Americans celebrating the 9/11 attacks, as the Republican presidential candidate has claimed repeatedly.
Bending the truth
According to Politico, “When it comes to inaccurate statements, the Donald was on fire.”
“In considering our annual Lie of the Year, we found our only real contenders were Trump’s — his various statements also led our Readers’ Poll,” PolitiFact staff members write. “But it was hard to single one out from the others. So we have rolled them into one big trophy.”
The win of the “lie of the year” comes the same day Trump doubled down on calls for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to apologize for a “disgusting story she made up about me.” During the Democratic debate on Saturday, Clinton said the Islamic State has been using videos of Trump in its recruitment videos. However, news outlets have been unable to find any such videos.
Trump’s legacies precedes him
“People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts,” Trump wrote in his 1987 best-seller The Art of the Deal. “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.” These are some of the quotes and statements credited to the Republican. In the recent poll, Trump is still in an impressive lead for 2015, it remains to be seen what will happen in 2016, when voters actually cast their ballots.