I realized I needed to date this column today because it will likely require a monthly update of such a list. But for this update for February 2017, lets update the lies we’ve proven to be such, so far. These are all actual quotes and published interviews.
- True or False: Oct 4, 2016 – “Donald Trump started this campaign in 2014 and he said, if I run for president, I will absolutely release my taxes.”.February 2016: Trump told the Today Show in February 2016 that he’ll release his tax returns “probably over the next few months.”Pence said Trump “hasn’t broken his promise” to release his tax returns.Trump said he would “absolutely” release his tax returns in January 2016 and that it’ll happen “probably over the next few months” in February without the stipulation of an IRS audit. He also made the promise in 2011, 2014 and 2015 without conditions.2. True or False:
3.Hmm, so either General Flynn has Alzheimers disease or lied, or Vice President Pence lied about the sanction discussions with Russia, because now that US security reveals monitored discussion with Flynn talking to the Kremlin about the sanctions, Flynn now says maybe he “forgot” he had? Really, what’s your pick of options? Your National Security Advisor lying to the Vice President or the Vice President lying to you?
National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say
4. “Are you planning on putting your assets in a blind trust should you become President?” the Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo asked Donald Trump during a Presidential-primary debate in South Carolina, in January. “How difficult will it be for you to disentangle yourself from your business and your money and prioritize America’s interests first?”
“If I become President, I couldn’t care less about my company,” Trump answered, waving her off. “It’s peanuts.”“So you’ll put your assets in a blind trust?” Bartiromo asked again.“I would put it in a blind trust—well, I don’t know if it’s a blind trust if Ivanka, Don, and Eric run it. Is that a blind trust? I don’t know.” He looked around and shrugged. “But I would probably have my children run it with my executives, and I wouldn’t ever be involved.” Trump has done nothing to divest himself of his business dealings, nor taken any action to avoid conflicts of interest, already reaming companies that dared to take his daughter’s products out of their stores. So inappropriate.
5. Donald Trump wrong that murder rate is highest in 47 years.
The actual recorded murder chart does show a clear spike between 2014 and 2015, but it’s not enough to reverse a decades-long trend in the national homicide rate. The preliminary statistics for 2016 — which are not an apples-to-apples comparison to the full-year numbers used in this graph — suggest that homicides rose once again between 2015 and 2016, by 5.2 percent. But what’s also clear in this graph is that the overall homicide rate — even accounting for the upward bumps in 2015 and potentially in 2016 — is nowhere near the peak levels of the 1990s.