“All I know is what I read on the internet.” Candidate Donald Trump, Sunday, March 13, 2016.
President Donald Trump has kept media fact checkers working overtime during his first year in office. Both the Washington Post and New York Times have kept running tallies of the misinformation coming from the president, a form of White House press coverage virtually unseen in modern history.
And it’s for good reason.
The president has become known for his inaccurate and/ or misleading statements, often dismissed by his many supporters as “unfiltered” or “real talk.” Here’s a look at what ABC News has deemed some of the most glaring and objectively false claims put forth by the White House during President Trump’s first year in office.
1. “We have signed more legislation than anybody. We broke the record of Harry Truman.” — Donald Trump on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 in an event in West Palm Beach
Not only is that claim false, it’s about as far from the truth as it could possibly be – and hence — first on our list. Records show that by year’s end Trump had signed 94 bills into law, fewer than any president since Truman.
2. “The overall audience was, I think, the biggest ever to watch an inauguration address, which was a great thing.” — Donald Trump, Thursday January 26th, 2016 in an interview with CBN News.
In one of his first presidential acts, Donald Trump called the National Park Service’s acting director the morning after his inauguration to express displeasure over a retweet of inauguration crowd photos from the agency’s official account, which heavily favored President Barack Obama. All accessible data, from television ratings and digital stream counts, to the crowd photos and official city estimates, show that President Obama did in fact draw a bigger crowd. But that didn’t stop the president from instructing his press secretary Sean Spicer to summon reporters to the briefing room that Sunday to excoriate them, without taking questions, about the claim that President Barack Obama drew a larger crowd. It turned into a defining moment for Spicer.