NPR has started a new feature called “This Week in Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’“. It is basically another fact-checking service, but more real time, and focusing on things that Trump and his close aides and advisors say.
This week’s lies include:
- Trump’s claims that 3 to 5 million illegal votes were cast in the presidential election (“This is not true, no matter now many times Trump and his surrogates repeat it.”),
- Trump’s claim that his election victory was “one of the great victories ever” (it ranked 46th out of 58 presidential elections, close to the bottom),
- Trump’s press secretary’s claim that Trump won the most electoral votes of any Republican since Reagan (George H.W. Bush got more in 1988),
- Trump’s claim that his speech to the CIA was “one standing ovation, the whole thing.” (“Trump never told the CIA officers to sit at the beginning of his speech, and it is standard protocol without a directive from the president, they wouldn’t have sat down”.),
- Trump’s claim that his inauguration crowd had “the largest audience in the history of inaugurations.” (all available evidence shows that it was not even close),
- Trump’s claim that it is far easier for a Muslim from Syria to get into the US that for a Christian from Syria (yes, more Muslims than Christians were admitted from Syria, but Christians make up only 5% of the population of that country),
- Trump’s claims that during Obama’s recent speech in Chicago, two people were shot and killed in Chicago (completely made up — not only did nobody die from a shooting, nobody was even shot during Obama’s speech),
- Trump’s press secretary’s claims that “buy America and hire America is at the core of the president’s plan” (Trump companies — including his daughter Ivanka’s clothing line and pieces sold at his clubs — are made overseas),
- Trump’s press secretary’s claim that there has been a “dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” (the federal workforce has largely remained steady, and the only thing that could possibly be called a dramatic increase happened in April 2010, when the government hired temporary census workers like it does every 10 years).
My only question is, when is Trump going to sign an executive order abolishing NPR?
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