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PolitiFact Picks Trump's 10 Biggest Lies of 2018

Posted on the 19 December 2018 by Jobsanger
PolitiFact Picks Trump's 10 Biggest Lies of 2018 (Image of Trump with growing nose as he lies is from campaignlive.com.)
There is no doubt anymore that Donald Trump is a pathological liar. He lies about everything -- even things that can easily be disproved. In 2017 (his first year in office), he lied thousands of times. And in 2018, he topped his 2017 total. Currently, he is averaging between 9 and 10 lies for every day he has been in the White House.
The good folks over at PolitiFact have performed a Herculean task. They waded through the thousands of lies Trump told in 2018 to pick out the ten biggest lies of the year. Here are the ten lies they chose:
A "horrible law" requires that children be separated from their parents "once they cross the Border into the U.S." False. There is no such law. Families were rarely separated before Trump's "zero tolerance" policy to prosecute all illegal border crossings. Mostly, they used to be kept together in family detention centers or released into the United States as they awaited deportation or court hearings. Democrats let cop killer Luis Bracamontes "into our country," and "Democrats let him stay." Pants on Fire. Bracamontes’ last illegal entry was under George W. Bush, a Republican president, and Republican and Democratic administrations had deported Bracamontes. "The Democrats want to invite caravan after caravan of illegal aliens into our country. And they want to sign them up for free health care, free welfare, free education, and for the right to vote." False. The claim mangles what some Democrats had said about allowing immigrants to make asylum claims. No one talked of giving them benefits beyond existing laws. Says 3,000 people "did not die" in two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. False. Trump refused to accept a dramatic uptick of 2017 hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico by researchers at George Washington University’s Milken Institute. He dismissed as "magic" the work of researchers’ estimates of "excess deaths," based on scientific methods, which is now generally accepted. Their estimate did not include, as he claimed, anyone who died after the storm from reasons such as old age. People "went out in their boats to watch" Hurricane Harvey. Pants on Fire. President Trump criticized people for recklessly taking to their boats to see the storm, forcing the Coast Guard to rescue them. In reality, people went out on boats to evacuate flooded homes and neighborhoods. "California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean." False. The state’s firefighting agency said it had no complications accessing water, and fire experts faulted hot, dry and windy conditions for the infernos. "In many places, like California, the same person votes many times. You probably heard about that. They always like to say 'oh that's a conspiracy theory.' Not a conspiracy theory, folks. Millions and millions of people." Pants on Fire. It is a conspiracy theory, one Trump lamented all year without evidence. National experts have said that voter fraud is isolated and rare. "The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records, so okay, they’re at a record level." Pants on Fire. Trump got it backwards. The numbers show that the extent of the ice at both poles is smaller than it was decades ago, particularly in the Arctic. "U.S. Steel just announced that they are building six new steel mills." False, no matter how many times Trump brought it up during the midterm campaign. U.S. Steel, which owns four of the country’s steel-making facilities, announced it would restart two shuttered mills. Saudi Arabia has ordered $450 billion from the United States, "$110 billion of which is a military order," producing "over a million jobs." Pants on Fire. Trump’s rhetoric, which he used as justification for not more forcefully condemning the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, doesn’t match the facts. There are no orders totaling $450 billion or $110 billion, and no 1 million U.S. jobs. ​

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