Every year PolitiFact names a “Lie of the Year.” But this year they found many that were practically tied for worst. When they realized every single one of them came from Donald Trump however, they knew exactly what to do.
Instead of naming one single statement the worst “lie of the year” for 2015, PolitiFact has given Donald Trump the annual award. Out of 77 Trump statements fact-checked by PolitiFact, 76% were found to be “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants on fire.” No other politician came anywhere near Trump’s rating.
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. But it was hard to single one out from the others. So we have rolled them into one big trophy.
To the candidate who says he’s all about winning, PolitiFact designates the many campaign misstatements of Donald Trump as our 2015 Lie of the Year.
Whether Trump is lying about thousands of Muslims cheering in New Jersey on 9/11 or whites being most often killed by African Americans, his supporters always buy it hook, line, and sinker. Even after fact-checkers prove that Trump is full of shit, Trump supporters will insist that he is telling the truth. And Donald Trump not only has never retracted a statement or admitted to being wrong, but every time he’s been called out, he doubles down on the lie.
Trump’s brand of reality-TV politics has nothing to do with facts or truth. It’s all about theatrics and shock value. The louder and more obnoxious he is, the more the neo-Cons and Tea Party-types believe him.
Although Trump has a substantial lead in the polls, he is still not polling above 50% among Republicans, and he most certainly does not represent the rest of the country. So it can be easy for a lot of us to just laugh him off as the buffoon and carnival barker that he truly is. But the problem is, much of what he is saying is not only inflammatory and untrue….it is also dangerous.
Michael LaBossiere, who studies theories of knowledge as a philosophy professor at Florida A&M University explained,
Some of Trump’s untrue claims fall into the harmful category. His claim about thousands of people celebrating on 9/11 feeds into fear, racism and religious intolerance.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Trump’s strategy of habitual unapologetic lying is the thought that maybe this entire thing is just one big giant lie. What if Trump’s whole campaign is some sort of elaborate egocentric game designed to see how far he can deceive the American public? And before you dismiss that idea as far fetched, take a look at Trump’s own words from his book, The Art of the Deal:
You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.