The Fact Checker, a weekly Post column led by veteran journalist Glenn Kessler that researches the accuracy of statements made by political figures, reported Monday that Trump’s “untruth” tally had hit 10,111 after 828 days in office.
Roughly one-fifth of Trump’s misleading or false claims were about immigration issues, including his most repeated lie that his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is being built, according to the Post.
And it appears as though Trump’s proclivity for spreading what he calls “fake news” has been on the rise in recent months. In his first 100 days in office, Trump reportedly averaged five bogus claims a day. In the last seven months, that average has jumped to 23 daily falsehoods, the Post reported.
From April 25 to April 27, the president reportedly made at least 171 false or misleading claims, including statements on Twitter, an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, a speech at the National Rifle Association convention and a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
At his Wisconsin rally, for example, Trump falsely claimed that his administration passed the biggest tax cut in history and that “open borders bring tremendous crime.” In fact, multiple studies show immigrants — documented and undocumented — are less likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Twitter users and media pundits were quick to drag Trump over his “accomplishment.”
“Congrats, #DerangedDonald!” tweeted attorney George Conway, husband of senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. “No one but you could have achieved this. An amazing accomplishment! Not just the number. Covering all topics, never shying from even the most brazen, disprovable lies.”
Congrats, #DerangedDonald!! An amazing accomplishment!! No one but you could have achieved this. Not just the number. Covering all topics, never shying from even the most brazen, disprovable lies, you’ve even managed to tell multiple lies on same subject, lying even about lying!! https://t.co/dFI5jcmIg8
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) April 29, 2019
A milestone!Trump has now piled up more than 10,000 lies and distortions as president, per @GlennKesslerWP's team.In some cases, he's uttering approximately one lie or misleading statement per minute (h/t @ChrisLu44):https://t.co/9dAxHuS0NY pic.twitter.com/HmLq3Rffam
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 29, 2019
If you told one lie a day from the moment you were born, you'd hit 10,000 lies when you were 27 years old. https://t.co/8Wjl0lK8ON
— Philip Bump (@pbump) April 29, 2019
It’s not the quantity of lies. It’s the acceleration of them.https://t.co/CjtKBZTFle
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 29, 2019
Following a weekend of presidential speeches, tweets & loose remarks, the Washington Post's fact-checkers have worked out that Donald Trump has now passed the 10,000 mark for lies and false claims made during the 29 months since he won the presidency. That's some going.
— John Simpson (@JohnSimpsonNews) April 29, 2019
The staggering part is not how many lies…it is how many voters don’t care. https://t.co/GVscpLTPlf
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) April 29, 2019
Trump has now surpassed 10,000 lies or untruths as President. If he was your friend, you’d be done with him. But he’s President, so conservatives give him a pass?Utterly absurd!
— Brian O'Sullivan (@osullivanauthor) April 29, 2019
Head over to The Washington Post to read the full report of Trump’s untruths.