Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler on Monday said that President Donald Trump has now told more than 10,000 lies during his tenure in the White House.
“He’s now hit 10,000,” Kessler said Monday in an appearance on CNN.
“That’s an average of about 23 false or misleading claims a day in the last seven months,” he added.
Kessler has been tracking Trump’s lies since his inauguration and applies “Pinocchios” on a sliding scale from one to four depending on the severity of the lie.
Kessler noted that Trump’s rate of saying false or misleading statements have picked up recently, noting that the president had made 171 such statements in the previous three days.
“The President continues to say false or misleading statements at an unbelievable pace,” Kessler said.
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Kessler noted that Trump made 45 false claims Thursday during an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity and another 61 false claims during a campaign rally in Wisconsin Saturday that Trump attended instead of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner.
At that rally, Trump falsely claimed that newborn babies in their state are wrapped in a blanket shortly after birth while the doctor and the mother decide whether to “execute” the baby. He also falsely claimed that Democrats want to “rip down every single building in Manhattan and build a new building in its place,” as part of their Green New Deal resolution.
According to Kessler, Trump has averaged more than 12 false claims per day since taking office, totaling more than 10,000 in his 828 days in office to this point.
Among his most frequent lies, Kessler notes that Trump frequently claims that the wall is being built along the U.S.-Mexico border and that he passed the biggest tax cut in the history of America.