In 601 days, President Trump made 5001 false or misleading claims, according to The Washington Post‘s team of fact checkers.
Trump made his 5,000th false claim in a tweet about the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, writing: “Russian ‘collusion’ was just an excuse by the Democrats for having lost the Election!”
The Post notes that Trump has averaged 8.3 false claims a day, but in the past nine days — since their last update — the president has averaged 32 false claims a day.
In the president’s first 100 days, Trump averaged 4.9 claims a day. He passed the 2,000 mark on Jan. 10 — eight months ago.
On Sept. 7, Trump made 125 false or misleading statements “in a period of time that totaled only about 120 minutes.” The Post notes that it was a new single-day high for false claims.
The day before, Trump made 74 false or misleading claims, many at a campaign rally in Montana.
The Post reports:
On nearly 140 occasions, the president has falsely claimed that the Russia investigation was made up or a hoax. But the information on Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election was developed by the intelligence community and published in a declassified report, in which the agencies said they had “high confidence” it was correct.
One of his campaign aides has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts overseas, including one connection who disclosed that the Russians had Democratic Party emails. The president’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman met at Trump Tower in June 2016 with someone they thought was a representative of the Russian government and who had promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton — and then tried to cover up that fact.
The president’s 5,001st claim came in the form of another tweet: Trump claimed that the administration “did an unappreciated great job” dealing with Hurricane Maria when it struck Puerto Rico in 2017.
That’s just spin that ignores a raft of official reports. A study by George Washington University estimated the death toll at between 2,658 and 3,290. Puerto Rico adopted the midpoint number, 2,975, as its official death toll. The island’s population dropped 8 percent because of the death toll and heavy out-migration after the hurricanes, according to the GWU study. A separate report by the Government Accountability Office found a litany of issues that prevented the Federal Emergency Management Agency from responding quickly and efficiently to the Puerto Rican disaster. Full power was not restored to Puerto Rico for 11 months after the hurricane.