The Numbers Crunch: Truth, lies and Donald Trump

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 5:15 AM

Truth has also been beaten up and bloodied in this raucous presidential campaign. As we head into Tuesday’s potentially pivotal primary in Wisconsin, three guesses who’s telling the most whoppers, and the first two don’t count.

The Numbers Crunch: Truth, lies and Donald Trump

Truth is the first casualty of war, the saying goes. Truth has also been beaten up and bloodied in this raucous presidential campaign.

As we head into Tuesday’s potentially pivotal primary in Wisconsin, three guesses who’s telling the most whoppers, and the first two don’t count.

Of the statements fact-checked as of Friday by PolitiFact, forty-two % of were found to be misleading and another nineteen % rate as “pants on fire” lies. So far, Trump has twenty-three of these complete falsehoods, double the combined total for the other four candidates still running.

One “pants on fire” claim was when he accused President Barack Obama of wanting to get in 250.000 Syrian refugees. Another is when he said that eighty-one % of white homicide victims are killed by blacks. And another is that there are thirty million illegal immigrants in our country.

The problem isn’t just that these statements are false. It’s that they’re frequently on hot-button issues and deepen divisions and worsen stereotypes. It’s challenging to have a genuine debate when you can’t even consent on the facts.

A scant eight % of Trump’s statements are true or mostly true, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact’s count.

Of course, this likely won’t matter one whit to Trump’s faithful minions, who'll apparently support him number matter what he says or does.

of TX is doing somewhat better on the Truth-O-Meter. Of his assertions, seven % are “pants on fire” lies, another twenty-nine % are misleading and only twenty-two % are true or mostly true.

has been trying to running a more dignified campaign. Only five % of his statements are patently untrue, while fifty-one % are true or mostly true.

While many voters don’t believe her, more frequently than the Republicans. Only one % of her statements are “pants on fire” lies and twelve % false, while fifty-two % are true or mostly true.

Democratic rival on his record, while fourteen % of his statements are misleading and fifty-one % are entirely true or mostly true.

So of the five candidates still in the race, only three can declare that a majority of their statements are at minimum mostly true.

We expect politicians, even those running for the highest office in the land, to exaggerate and shade the truth. But telling outright lies – and repeating them even after being confronted with the facts – is another matter entirely.

And if voters don’t punish candidates for lying, it'll only obtain worse. Other than Trump in the White House, that'd be one of the worst legacies of the two thousand sixteen election.

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