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22-12-2015, 08:32 AM (This post was last modified: 22-12-2015 08:39 PM by Full Circle.)
TRUMP 2015 King of “Whoppers”
For your reading pleasure Smile

If you go to the link you’ll find more on all the candidates but I’m particularly fond of Trump the Chump’s outlandish lies.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/polit.../77730672/


Fact check: The ‘King of Whoppers’ for 2015 is Donald Trump

Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley and D’Angelo Gore, FactCheck.org 8:58 a.m. EST December 22, 2015

It’s been a banner year for political whoppers — and for one teller of tall tales in particular: Donald Trump.

In the 12 years of FactCheck.org’s existence, we’ve never seen his match.

He stands out not only for the sheer number of his factually false claims, but also for his brazen refusals to admit error when proven wrong.

He is by no means the only one telling whoppers, of course. Once again this year there are plenty of politicians, in both parties, who hope voters will swallow their deceptive claims. Hillary Clinton, for one, said she was “transparent” about her use of a private email server, when in fact she wasn’t. That was one of the bogus claims she made about her unusual email arrangement while secretary of State.

But Trump topped them all when he claimed to have seen nonexistent television coverage of “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey cheering the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 — and then topped himself by demanding that fact-checkers apologize for exposing his claim as fantasy. And that’s only one example.

Here we’ve assembled, as we do every year at this time, a generous sampling of the most far-fetched, distorted or downright fallacious claims made during 2015.

In past years, we’ve not singled out a single claim or a single person, and have left it to readers to judge which whoppers they consider most egregious.

But this year the evidence is overwhelming and, in our judgment, conclusive. So, for the first time, we confer the title “King of Whoppers.”

Trump’s Falsehoods

We won’t get into Trump’s controversial policy positions; it’s not a fact-checker’s role to offer opinions on whether it’s a good idea or a bad idea for the federal government to bar Muslims from entering the United States or to kill the families of terrorists, for example. What we focus on here are some of the many cases where he’s just wrong on the facts.

We start with his Nov. 21 claim to have watched on television as “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey were “cheering” the fall of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Multiple news organizations and the New Jersey attorney general’s office searched for evidence of public celebrations at the time of 9/11 and found none.

“Never happened,” former state Attorney General John J. Farmer, a Republican appointee who later served as a senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, wrote in response to Trump.

In a tweet, Trump demanded an apology, citing as evidence one news story about an alleged incident that was unattributed, unverified and not televised. One of the reporters on that story said he visited the “Jersey City building and neighborhood where the celebrations were purported to have happened,” but he could “never verify that report.”

And Trump’s false claim about “thousands and thousands” of Muslims is just part of a pattern of inflammatory claims with little or no basis in fact. Here are some more — and it’s not an exhaustive list.

• Trump boasted that he “predicted Osama bin Laden.” Nope. The book Trump published in 2000 mentioned bin Laden once, and predicted nothing about bin Laden’s future plans.

• Trump “heard” that Obama is “thinking about signing an executive order where he wants to take your guns away.” If so, he misheard. What Obama reportedly considered was requiring large-volume private gun dealers to conduct background checks, not confiscating firearms from those who own them.

• Trump said he “heard” the Obama administration plans to accept 200,000 Syrian refugees — even upping that wildly inaccurate number to 250,000 in another speech. Nope and nope. The number is about 10,000.

• Trump said he got to know Putin “very well” while the two were on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Nope. The two men were interviewed separately, in different countries thousands of miles apart.

• Trump claimed his campaign is “100%” self-funded. Nope. At the time, more than 50% of his campaign’s funds had come from outside contributors.

• Trump said his tax plan is revenue neutral. Nope. The pro-business Tax Foundation estimated the Trump plan would reduce revenues to the Treasury by more than $10 trillion over 10 years, even assuming his plan would create economic growth.

• Trump told the story of a 2-year-old who got autism a week after the child got a vaccine. But there’s no evidence of such a link. The study that claimed to have found a link between vaccines and autism has been exposed as an “elaborate fraud.” It was retracted five years ago by the journal that published it, and the author was stripped of his license to practice medicine in Britain.

• Trump said Mexico doesn’t have a birthright citizenship policy. It does.

• Trump claimed credit for getting Ford Motor Co. to move a plant from Mexico to Ohio. Ford says that’s baloney; it made the decision years before Trump even announced his run for president.

• Trump denied that he ever called female adversaries some of these things: “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” He used all of those terms.

• Trump said in June “there are no jobs” to be had, when official statistics were showing 5.4 million job openings — the most in 15 years.

• Trump claimed economic growth in the U.S. has “never” been below zero — until the third quarter of 2015. “Who ever heard of this?” he asked. Except it’s not unheard of. Economic growth has been below zero 42 times since 1946.

Trump, Carson on 9/11 ‘Celebrations,’ Nov. 24
Trump’s bin Laden ‘Prediction,’ Dec. 2
Trump ‘Hears’ Obama Wants to Take Guns, Oct. 22
Trump Gets Refugee Numbers Wrong, Oct. 4
Facts about the Syrian Refugees, Nov. 23
Trump vs. Fiorina: Who Knows Putin Best? Nov. 11
FactChecking the CNBC Debates, Oct. 29
Is Trump’s Tax Plan Revenue Neutral? Oct. 1
FactChecking the CNN Republican Debate, Sept. 17
Trump on Birthright Citizenship, Aug. 25
Trump’s Bogus Boast on Ford, Oct. 26
Trump’s Amnesia, Aug. 11
Trump Tramples Facts, June 16

This is just a sampling of the falsehoods and exaggerations that lead us to award our “King of Whoppers” title to Trump. See our full and up-to-the-minute file on him for more.

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”~Mark Twain
“Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.”~ Ambrose Bierce
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22-12-2015, 07:38 PM
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The saddest thing about Trump is the sick sad people that support him. He and his supporters are an embarrassment to humanity.

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.... on Donald J. Trump:

He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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22-12-2015, 07:45 PM
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Anyone that's that boastful and obnoxious is, at some level, terribly terribly insecure. That blowhard doesn't fool me for a minute.

Insufferable know-it-all.Einstein God has a plan for us. Please stop screwing it up with your prayers.
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22-12-2015, 07:53 PM
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Sadly, I know people who like Trump. Facepalm This not only baffles me, but it's an embarrassment as well.
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22-12-2015, 08:41 PM
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(22-12-2015 07:53 PM)pablo Wrote:  Sadly, I know people who like Trump. Facepalm This not only baffles me, but it's an embarrassment as well.

Me too. Friends that otherwise seem like perfectly rational human beings...go figure. Huh

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”~Mark Twain
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23-12-2015, 02:58 AM
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I don't find Trump baffling at all. All you need to do is remember Hitler won an election too...................

Trump and Clinton -- the 2016 "lizards of the year"


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The difference between prayer and masturbation - is when a guy is through masturbating - he has something to show for his efforts.
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