Chapter 3: Lying as a Way of Life

'Trump blew it': How bogus voter fraud claims in Michigan became a 'national embarrassment' for the GOP

On Monday, November 23, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted, 3-1, to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in that state — officially giving Biden Michigan's 16 electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election. Trump and his allies, making bogus voter frau...

Trump tweets string of falsehoods about Wisconsin absentee voters

The president is casting doubt on Wisconsin’s election results, but every part of his claim is false.

Giuliani, flailing, says Venezuela, Clinton and Soros hatched 'centralized plan' to steal election for Biden

In another bizarre press conference, the president's personal lawyer lobbed unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in a desperate-sounding bid to overturn election results.

Trump Posts News So Fake That Tucker Carlson Had To Apologize For It

Trump's latest false claim was debunked before he even made it.

Trump uses lies and chicanery in Michigan to try to undo his defeat

GOP leaders cannot continue to stand by while the president undermines democracy.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump relies on falsehoods to deny Biden win

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rebelled this past week against Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election with denial, delay and outright misrepresentation. Trump raged...

Trump blasted for ‘insane’ voter fraud claim even his own lawyers admit is false: ‘Pack your bags, loser’

President Donald Trump suggested that tens of thousands of votes were cast by dead people, and he was relentlessly fact-checked. The president cited the right-wing One America News outlet to baselessly claim Joe Biden’s vote totals were fraudulently inflated by deceased persons casting ballots. “Evidence of voter fraud continues to grow, including 20,000 dead people […]

AP FACT CHECK: Trump relies on falsehoods to deny Biden win

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rebelled this past week against Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election with denial, delay and outright misrepresentation. Trump raged...

The far right is cracking up as fantasies of Trump's fascist takeover evaporate

The far right had a dream: That one day, people who had been exiled to the unacceptable margins of American political life could play the role of Donald Trump's brownshirts.In the weeks leading up to the election, excitement was rising among those Americans who convinced themselves that Trump would ...

Rudy Giuliani To Take Charge Of Trump's Election Lawsuits

Trump's advisers warn that Giuliani is giving the president “unwarranted optimism” about his chances of overturning the election results.

Trump administration ending like it began: lying about crowd size.

Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, said more than 1 million people attended the pro-Trump rally in D.C.

Trump gets called out for his long history of baselessly claiming that his election losses are ‘rigged’

Joe Biden is on track to win the presidency with the largest topline share of the popular vote of any challenger since Franklin Roosevelt in 1932. But President Donald Trump has refused to concede, continuing with a series of lawsuits and insisting that “if you count the votes, I easily win” but “they’re trying to […]

NYT shuts down Trump with epic front page banner: ‘ELECTION OFFICIALS NATIONWIDE FIND NO FRAUD’

President Donald Trump will awake on Wednesday to a brutal banner headline in The New York Times. “Election officials in dozens of states representing both political parties said that there was no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race, amounting to a forceful rebuke of President […]

24‘Eight big Trump lies’ debunked in under three minutes by CNN’s John Avlon

CNN’s John Avlon on Wednesday performed a rapid-fire debunking of some of President Donald Trump’s most regularly repeated falsehoods. During his “Reality Check” segment, Avlon debunked what he described as “eight big Trump lies” that the president is still telling his supporters even after they have been repeatedly proven false. “Start with the five-volume, bipartisan […]

False claims of voting fraud, pushed by Trump, thrive online

It started months before Election Day with false claims on Facebook and Twitter that mail-in ballots cast for President Donald Trump had been chucked in dumpsters or rivers. Now, a week...

Fox News' Neil Cavuto Cuts Trump Campaign Press Conference

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto abruptly cut out of a Trump campaign press conference about a minute into Kayleigh McEnany making baseless and unverified claims of voter fraud.

Key witness for Giuliani's Four Seasons total humiliation press conference is convicted sex offender

Just when you think you’re done laughing at the totally humiliating ending of Rudy Giuliani’s career as Donald Trump’s personal attorney, it keeps getting more embarrassing for Giuliani and the Trump campaign. Like most of Trump’s unqualified...

Trump’s White House statement: Falsehood upon falsehood

With his reelection odds dwindling, the president spoke from the White House podium and said little that was true.

Fact check: Trump falsely claims 'illegal ballots' are changing the election

In a tweet thread Saturday morning President Donald Trump threw out baseless claims suggesting that "tens of thousands" of illegal ballots are being used to change the results in key states.

Trump berated and baffled European allies. They aren't sad to see him go.

President Donald Trump called Europe a "foe." He said the continent's cities were migrant-ridden, dangerous "no-go zones." He threw leaders into a panic with threats to withdraw from NATO.

Trump Lies About Winning Election, Baselessly Accuses Democrats Of Cheating

As Democrat Joe Biden gained ground in key states, the president peddled conspiracy theories about fraud and threatened legal action.

Trump Falsely Tries To Claim Victory As Votes Still Are Being Counted

Trump insisted he has “clearly” won Georgia and North Carolina, even though vote-counting is still ongoing.

Even Conservatives Think Trump’s Premature Declaration of Victory Was Bad

Donald Trump, who may or may not have won an election that it is impossible to know the result of because millions of ballots still haven’t been counted, took the stage at the White House shortly after 2 a.m. ET this morning to make good on his earlier signals that he would declare victory even if he hasn’t won.

Trump Tries to Subvert Democracy With False Victory Claim

The Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves.

Trump falsely claims 'we have already won' the election

Trump accuses Democrats of trying to steal the election, making false claims

Biden campaign slams Trump false victory claim: 'Naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens'

With millions of votes still left to count and several key battleground states very much up for grabs, the Biden campaign issued a statement early Wednesday morning denouncing President Donald Trump's false declaration of victory, completely baseless claims of fraud, and threat to take his complaint...

Trump claims victory with many states still undeclared, hints at possible Supreme Court case

President Trump declared victory in multiple key battleground states early Wednesday, even though it remained unclear who had the votes to win, as Trump hinted the White House would push the Supreme Court to rule over disputed ballots, warning that a “very sad group of people” was trying to “disenfranchise” voters.

‘We already have won’: Trump claims election victory, threatens Supreme Court showdown

'This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country,' the president raved early Wednesday.

Eye Opener: Trump falsely claims victory as millions of votes remain uncounted

President Trump falsesly claimed victory in the election while results are still being counted. Also, Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota voted to legalize recreational marijuana. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.

Trump claims victory, but he hasn’t won; ballots still being counted

Trump touted his wins in Florida and Texas and claimed without evidence that a “very sad group of people” was trying to disenfranchise his supporters.

Trump falsely asserts election fraud, claims a victory

President Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning, while Joe Biden said “we believe we’re on track to win this election.”

Chris Christie Rips Trump For Falsely Claiming Election Win

Before Trump spoke, Christie recommended on ABC News that Trump mimimic his opponent Joe Biden's sentiments that the 2020 presidential race isn't over ...

As America Awaits a Winner, Trump Falsely Claims He Prevailed

The president made his unfounded claim even though no news organizations declared a winner between him and Joseph R. Biden Jr., and a number of closely contested states still had millions of mail-in ballots to count.

Without a winner, Trump falsely claims victory while Biden urges patience

The presidency hangs in the balance as the nation counts millions of remaining ballots.

Trump Falsely Claims Victory With Votes Uncounted, Rival Biden Confident

President Donald Trump falsely claimed victory over Democratic rival Joe Biden on Wednesday with millions of votes still uncounted in a White House race that will not be decided until a handful of states complete vote-counting over the next hours or days.

President Trump falsely claims victory as millions of votes remain uncounted

The president made the remarks during an early-morning appearance at the White House.

Trump falsely claims victory, alleges fraud

Despite incomplete results from several battleground states that could determine the outcome of the U.S. presidential race, President Donald Trump early on Wednesday proclaimed victory over Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Trump Falsely Claims Victory With Election Too Close to Call

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump falsely declared early Wednesday he had won re-election against Joe Biden and said he would ask the Supreme Court to intervene, even as several battleground states continue to count votes.“This is a fraud on the American public,” Trump said, complaining about ongoing vote-counting after noting that he holds leads in several states that have not been called in his favor, including Pennsylvania and Michigan.“Frankly we did win this election,” he said. “So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop.”It wasn’t immediately clear what Trump meant, as states including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and others are counting legally cast votes. It is routine for states to continue counting votes after Election Day.Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said in a statement that Trump’s remarks were “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect” and “a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.”“The counting will not stop,” she said. “It will continue until every duly cast vote is counted.”Minutes after Trump stopped speaking, the Associated Press declared that Biden had won Arizona, a state Trump won in 2016. It is the first state to flip in the election and greatly complicates the president’s path to re-election.Biden also won three of Maine’s four Electoral College votes, the AP said.Treasuries and the dollar extended gains after Trump declared he had won re-election. Yields on the 10-year sovereign debt dropped as much as 13 basis points to 0.76% on growing concerns over a contested result. U.S. stock futures swung to a loss of more than 1% after the president spoke.Early Morning RemarksTrump delivered his remarks from the East Room of the White House, shortly before 2:30 a.m. in New York, to a crowd of more than 100 supporters, including his family. Few if any of the people in the room wore masks to protect themselves from coronavirus infection.Earlier, Biden said he felt good about his chances to win the presidency, cautioning supporters that it would take time to finish counting the votes.“We believe we’re on track to win this election,” Biden told supporters in cars outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Just as he concluded his remarks, Trump responded in tweets.Trump responded with a tweet saying that he was ahead and Democrats were trying to steal the election. Twitter placed a notice on the tweet saying that it was misleading.The only other Electoral College vote to flip so far, besides in Arizona, came from a congressional district in Nebraska that backed Biden after favoring Trump in 2016.The AP, relied on by many news organizations for election calls, said in a statement that it “is not calling the presidential race yet because neither candidate has secured the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim victory.”Trump’s Florida WinTrump won Florida, a crucial prize in the race to the White House that closed off former Vice President Biden’s hopes for an early knockout in the election. The president also won Texas, which Democrats had hoped might turn blue and entirely reshape the electoral map.Trump significantly outperformed in one of Florida’s most populous counties, Miami-Dade. After losing the county four years ago by 29 points, he lost by less than 8 to Biden.The county is diverse, with large Cuban and Venezuelan populations Trump has courted by raising diplomatic and economic pressure on the socialist regimes in those countries. He accused Biden of sharing their politics.Earlier, Trump won Ohio and Biden won Minnesota, states that each candidate had sought to take from the other but wound up politically unchanged from 2016.Ohio was the first of several battleground states decided in the race. Fox News and NBC News each called it for the incumbent just before midnight Tuesday. Biden campaigned in the state the day before the election.Fight for MinnesotaTrump held multiple campaign rallies in Minnesota, a state he narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016. But Biden’s strength in the urban parts of the state kept it in the Democratic column.Other battleground states that remain undecided include North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. Trump holds leads in North Carolina and Georgia, though there are votes outstanding in each. Trump won both states in 2016.Biden’s Arizona and Maine wins gave him a 238-213 lead in the Electoral College, 32 votes from the 270 required for victory.In addition, Biden won Nebraska’s second congressional district, Minnesota, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Delaware, District of Columbia and New Hampshire, according to the AP.Trump won Nebraska’s other four Electoral College votes, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri.Nebraska is one of only two states, with Maine, that award an Electoral College vote to the winner of each congressional district. Trump won two districts and Biden won one. Trump won the state overall, giving him Nebraska’s two remaining Electoral College votes.In Maine, the second congressional district remained too close to call.Even if they yet claim the White House, a “blue wave” that Democrats hoped would also give them control of both chambers of Congress may fall short.McConnell WinsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, was re-elected, the AP said. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, was re-elected despite a Democratic challenger who badly out-raised him, and Senator Doug Jones, an Alabama Democrat, was defeated by Republican Tommy Tuberville.Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, defeated Senator Cory Gardner, giving his party one pickup. Other contested Senate seats remain undecided.Biden is winning over Latino and African-American voters in numbers similar to Clinton four years ago, and is narrowing Trump’s margin among White voters, early exit polls from the AP show.Trump had a six-point lead among White voters in Tuesday’s election. Network exit polls four years ago showed him with a 20-point advantage among those voters. Biden led among Latino voters by a 2-to-1 ratio, and Black voters 13-to-1.Delayed ResultsVoting took place amid a deadly wave of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to millions of ballots being cast by mail -- a shift that could delay an official tally in some battleground states for days.Elections officials in the key battlegrounds of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania said they may be counting votes into the week.Trump and Biden both projected confidence throughout Election Day, pointing to long lines at some polling stations as signs they were poised to win. While there were reports of high voter turnout in states including Texas, Florida and Arizona, there were few signs of disturbances that many had feared.In Charlotte, North Carolina, police arrested a man who was legally carrying an unconcealed firearm after he returned to a polling station authorities said he’d been banned from. The New York Police Department said it will deploy thousands of officers on street patrol Tuesday night to dissuade violence. “Don’t even try it,” Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.Biden entered Election Day in a strong position, leading nationally by 7.2 percentage points as well as in most swing states, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. But the Election Day vote was expected to favor Trump in large part because Democrats encouraged their supporters to cast early ballots.Despite Biden’s advantage, some Democrats are spooked that Trump could defy polls and win, just as he did in 2016. But Biden’s lead over Trump in national polls is greater than Clinton’s was on Election Day in 2016. RealClearPolitics had her ahead of Trump nationally by 3.2 percentage points.Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the owner of Bloomberg News, provided $100 million in support of Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris in Florida, half of that from his Independence USA PAC.(Updates with Biden campaign manager statement in fifth paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

‘He doesn’t decide — we the people do’: Trump denounced for false Election Night claim of victory

President Donald Trump realized the fears of many political observers Tuesday night by falsely claiming a “big win” in the U.S. presidential election despite many millions of votes yet to be counted and no clear victor even remotely in sight. With the battle over crucial electoral college votes still potentially days or even weeks away—and […]

Trump falsely and predictably claims he already won the 2020 election

"We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list."

Jake Tapper goes off on Trump Jr. over Fox News appearance: ‘Lie after lie after lie after lie’

CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Thursday had harsh words for Donald Trump, Jr. after the president’s eldest son appeared on Fox News. The president’s son attempted to minimize the threat of coronavirus. “The reality is this,” he claimed. “If you look, I put it up on my Instagram a couple days ago because I went […]

Photos of Trump standing next to others prove he is lying about his height

President Donald Trump's latest medical report from the White House listed him in at 6'3" and 239 pounds. That gave him an on-paper BMI reading of 29.99, just under the "obese" category.

Kristen Welker Asked Donald Trump About Immigration—and His Answer Was Both Disgusting and False

The president still has no defense for the shame of family separation.

Trump struggles to defend lie about Mexico 'paying for the wall'

Trump claims to have yet another idea to get Mexico to pay for a border wall. In reality, it's a fresh con, intended to take the place of an old con.

How Trump’s Lies about the Wall Undermine Our Criminal Justice System

The facts just don’t support President Trump’s wall plan—or much else in his immigration agenda.

Hard evidence at last that shreds Trump’s lies about a Russia ‘hoax’

The Republican-led intelligence committee provides damning evidence against the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump’s Financial Statements Are So Full Of Lies That His Accountants Put a Warning Label on Them

Newly obtained documents show the brazen methods with which the president inflated his assets to banks and insurance companies.

Fact check: 45 ways Trump was dishonest about Ukraine and impeachment

President Donald Trump is dishonest about a whole lot of things. But he is rarely as comprehensively dishonest as he has been about his dealings with Ukraine and the impeachment inquiry they have triggered.

At his Minnesota rally, Trump lied repeatedly about impeachment, and much else

Trump raged and hated and lied uncontrollably. His crowd ate it up.

Trump Has Been Lying About His Health for Years—How Can Americans Trust Him Now?

Trump has always underplayed his health conditions. Can we trust the White House's coronavirus updates?

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