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Donald Trump may be sucking wind on his first 100-day promises, but where he’s really blown away expectations is in his ability to lie, lie, lie. In fact, lying is like an infectious disease that has permeated his entire staff, and Igor Bobic has assembled a gloriously lengthy list of 100 sometimes deeply egregious, sometimes eminently mockable pants-on-fire whoppers from the bloviator-in-chief and his minions.
Here’s a sampling:
8. Spicer said during his first press briefing that there has been a “dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” This is false. (Jan. 23)
15. Spicer said in a press briefing that Trump received more electoral votes than any Republican since Ronald Reagan. George H.W. Bush won 426 electoral votes in 1988, more than Trump’s 304. (Jan. 24)
22. At the GOP retreat in Philadelphia, Trump said the national homicide rate was “horribly increasing.” It is down significantly. (Jan. 26)
25. Trump said he predicted the so-called “Brexit” when he was in Scotland the day before the vote. He was actually there the day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. (Jan. 27)
29. Trump defended the swiftness of his immigration order on the grounds that terrorists would have rushed into the country if he had given the world a week’s notice. Even if terrorists wanted to infiltrate the refugee program or the visa program, they would have had to wait months or even years while being vetted to get into the country. (Jan. 30)
32. Spicer said that “by and large,” Trump has been “praised” for his statement commemorating the Holocaust. Every major Jewish organization, including the Republican Jewish Coalition, criticized it for omitting any specific references to the Jewish people or anti-Semitism. (Jan. 30)
40. In defending the GOP’s blockade of Merrick Garland, Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Spicer said no president had ever nominated a justice “so late” in his term. It previously happened three times. (Jan. 31)
47. Spicer called a U.S. raid in Yemen “very, very well thought out and executed effort” and described it as a “successful operation by all standards.” U.S. military officials told Reuters the operation was approved “without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations.” (Feb. 2)
C’mon, this is like shooting fish in a barrel—we’re only at the first 50 here. These guys are epic liars on a scale that, frankly, no one in their wildest dreams could have ever imagined. It’s the new White House normal.
But hey, when it comes to Russia, we should all definitely just trust ’em, dontcha know.