Trump lies 77% of the time

Donald Trump has a problem with the truth.

That’s the conclusion you reach after reviewing the analyses of independent fact-checker PolitiFact, which on a regular basis looks at the truthfulness of the various presidential candidates.

When you run the numbers, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are the most truthful candidates. And while Clinton edges Sanders out a bit, it’s really basically a tie.

Donald Trump, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Donald Trump, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Donald Trump, on the other than, is the least truthful candidate in the race. Clinton and Sanders tell the truth five times more than Trump (if you compare “true” and “mostly true” statements of the candidates).

And while Ted Cruz is more than twice as truthful as Trump, Cruz is still less than half as truthful as Clinton and Sanders.

When you look at the number of times that the candidates lie, Clinton and Sanders are again basically tied, and are at the bottom of the list — meaning, Clinton and Sanders lie the least. Cruz, however, lies 65% of the time, and Trump is the biggest fibber, with a whopping 77% of his comments being mostly false, false, or pants on fire falsehoods.

Here’s the breakdown from PolitiFact, with the raw numbers for each candidate below that.

True & Mostly True
Clinton: 51%
Sanders: 51%
Cruz: 22%
Trump: 9%

Mostly False, False & Pants on Fire
Trump: 77%
Cruz: 65%
Sanders: 31%
Clinton: 28%

And here are the numbers for Clinton, Sanders, Cruz, and Trump:

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  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Things like this are why I won’t donate to HRC. There’s no use trying to explain my reasons to the people on the other end of the phone conversation when they call asking for cash. The message doesn’t get to the people who need to hear it.

  • O/T: Once again the Human Rights Campaign proves it is full of useless favor-currying sycophantic hacks:

    WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that the Public Policy Committee of HRC’s Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from across the nation, has voted today to endorse Senator Mark Kirk for re-election. The endorsement was issued along with a first round of endorsements for pro-equality incumbents in the House and Senate.

    http://www.hrc.org/press/human-rights-campaign-endorses-senator-mark-kirk-for-re-election

    By their own measures, the HRC report card, Kirk scored only 78% on LGBT rights in 2013-14 and an abysmal 39% from 2009-10. (He was recovering from a stroke in the two years between that, and basically didn’t make any votes.) On top of all this, Kirk is a reliable GOP partisan who caucuses with the party that wants to abolish all LGBT civil rights and annul all same-sex marriages.

    His opponent? Rep. Tammy Duckworth who — again by HRC’s own report card — scored a perfect 100% on LGBT rights in 2013-14.

    The supposed reason for endorsing Kirk over Duckworth? The HRC wants to pretend it is non-partisan and that the Republicans can be counted not to make being gay illegal if given a chance. So they pick a guy who isn’t totally anti-gay…and endorse him over the woman who is completely pro-gay.

  • If Trump actually told the truth most of the time, he wouldn’t be the Republican party’s fascist demagogue front-runner.

  • Paul Russo

    That’s 30% less than anyone in Washington, I am looking at you Mitch McConnell

  • They also have a lot of pants on fire, whereas Hillary has almost only 2 and Bernie has 0.

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