For the third year in a row Politifact’s Lie of the Year comes from Donald Trump.
Our entire intelligence community agrees that Russia meddled in our 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. The vast majority of Americans believe it too. But there’s one man who insists, regardless of a mountain of evidence, that the whole story is a hoax created by Democrats.
In a May interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Trump said,
“This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”
In September, he tweeted,
“The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?”
And Trump has repeated this lie over and over.
The Pulitzer Prize winning fact-checking site, Politifact, has chosen this Trump lie as their 2017 Lie of the Year.
“When the nation’s commander-in-chief refuses to acknowledge a threat to U.S. democracy, it makes it all the more difficult to address the problem. For this reason, we name Trump’s claim that the Russia interference is a hoax as our Lie of the Year for 2017.”
Politifact also says that their readers chose this Trump lie as the biggest lie of the year by an overwhelming margin.
Our Liar-in-Chief also won this dubious honor last year, with his bogus claims of “fake news.”
And, in 2015, Politifact named Trump’s many campaign lies as their lie of the year. They said,
“Politifact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them 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.”