President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims in the 497 days since he took the oath of office, according to The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement made by the president.
Trump is now averaging more than 6.5 false or misleading claims a day — a number that continues to steadily increase.
In the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 false claims a day.
In the month of May, Trump averaged about eight claims a day.
Trump also has a proclivity to repeat many of his false or misleading statements, according to the Post analysis.
The paper has counted at least 122 claims that the president has repeated at least three times.
The Post notes:
Almost one third of Trump’s claims — 931 — relate to economic issues, trade deals or jobs. He frequently takes credit for jobs created before he became president or company decisions with which he had no role. He cites his “incredible success” in terms of job growth, even though annual job growth under his presidency has been slower than the last five years of Barack Obama’s term. He also loves to cite unemployment figures, even though he repeatedly said during his campaign that the unemployment rate was phony and could not be trusted.
Not surprisingly, immigration is another source of Trump’s misleading claims, now totaling 379. Nineteen times just in the past three months, for instance, the president has falsely claimed his long-promised border wall with Mexico is being built, even though Congress has denied funding for it.
Misleading claims about taxes — now at 299 — are also a common feature of Trump’s speeches. Seventy-five times, he has made the false assertion that he passed the biggest tax cut in U.S. history.
But moving up the list quickly are claims about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether people in the Trump campaign were in any way connected to it. The president has made 265 statements about the Russia probe, using hyperbolic claims of “worse than Watergate,” “McCarthyism” and, of course, “witch hunt.” He often asserts that the Democrats colluded with the Russians, even though the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign were victims of Russian activities, as emails were hacked and then released via WikiLeaks.