The Washington Post reports that as president, Donald Trump has averaged nearly 5.9 false or misleading claims a day in his first year in office. He hit nearly 16.5 a day in his second year. So far in 2019, he’s averaging nearly 22 lies every day.
As of the end of March 3, the 773rd day of his term in office, Trump accumulated 9,014 fishy claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.
Trump’s performance at CPAC is emblematic of his version of the truth during his presidency — a potent mix of exaggerated numbers, unwarranted boasting and outright falsehoods. His speech helped push March 3 to his fourth-biggest day for false or misleading claims, totaling 104.
But here is the good news: Americans are realizing that with a leader who lies constantly, we have no standard of what matters and what doesn’t. Lying is a sickness, brought about by a sense of guilt, for having done something wrong. A leader who always lies always fails, because you can’t lead if no one trusts you.
In other words, America had to go really low, in order to realize that, in fact, THE TRUTH REALLY DOES MATTER.