Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth: The President's Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies

Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth: The President's Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies

by The Washington Post Fact Checker Staff


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In perilous times, facts, expertise, and truth are indispensable. President Trump’s flagrant disregard for the truth and his self-aggrandizing exaggerations, specious misstatements, and bald-faced lies have been rigorously documented and debunked since the first day of his presidency by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker staff.

Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth is based on the only comprehensive compilation and analysis of the more than 16,000 fallacious statements that Trump has uttered since the day of his inauguration. He has repeated many of his most outrageous claims dozens or even hundreds of times as he has sought to bend reality to his political fantasy and personal whim.

Drawing on Trump’s tweets, press conferences, political rallies, and TV appearances, The Washington Post identifies his most frequently used misstatements, biggest whoppers, and most dangerous deceptions. This book unpacks his errant statements about the economy, immigration, the impeachment hearings, foreign policy, and, of critical concern now, the coronavirus crisis as it unfolded.

Fascinating, startling, and even grimly funny, Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth by The Washington Post is the essential, authoritative record of Trump’s shocking disregard for facts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982151072
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 12,902
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

The Washington Post created “The Fact Checker” column in 2007 and it has held Democrats, Republicans, and advocacy groups accountable for their claims by awarding “Pinocchios” for false or misleading statements. Glenn Kessler has been editor and chief writer of “The Fact Checker” since 2011 and has worked at The Washington Post since 1998. Salvador Rizzo is a reporter for “The Fact Checker” and Meg Kelly is a video editor and reporter for “The Fact Checker.” The team in 2019 earned an honorable mention in the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 16,000 Falsehoods Glenn Kessler ix

A Rising Tide: Trump's False or Misleading Claims xxxiii

1 The Biggest Whoppers: "Mexico's Paying" Meg Kelly 1

One Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 23

2 Trump on Trump: "I Call It Truthful Hyperbole" Meg Kelly 25

Trump's Attacks on Democratic Cities: "Rat-Infested Mess" 47

3 Trump and His Enemies: "I Call Them Animals" Salvador Rizzo 51

"I'm Pretty Good at Estimating Crowd Sizes" 75

4 Boasts to the Base: "You're the Super-Elite!" Salvador Rizzo 79

Sharpiegate 97

5 The Twitter Presidency: "He needs to Tweet Like We Need to Eat" Meg Kelly 101

Trump Tilting at Windmills 129

6 Trump on Immigration: "They're Bringing Crime" Salvador Rizzo 133

It's All Good: Trump's Flips on Border Arrests 157

7 Trump on Economics and Trade: "The Best Economy Ever!" Glenn Kessler 159

Not Quite So Dire: Trump's Trade Deficit Claims 176

The Strange Case of the Phantom Factory Openings 185

8 Trump on Foreign Policy: "We Fell in Love" Glenn Kessler 187

Trump's Crystal Ball: "I Predicted Osama bin Laden" 217

9 Trump on Impeachment: "A Perfect Phone Call" Glenn Kessler 219

10 Trump and Coronavirus: "Their New Hoax" Glenn Kessler 249

Conclusion: Toward a Resurgence of Truth Glenn Kessler 259

"They're Pinocchio" 273

Appendix: Anatomy of a Trump Rally: "Is There a Better Place?" Salvador Rizzo 279

A Note on Sources 337

Acknowledgments 341

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