In tandem with the Trump administration’s derision of science, truth and fact, Neil deGrasse Tyson asserted, “The beauty of science is that it is true whether or not you believe in it.” Likewise, a fact is a verifiably true thing that agrees with objective reality across multiple observations whether you choose to believe it or not.
National influence campaigns designed to disrupt elections and undermine the people’s confidence in representative democracy are increasing in number and sophistication. Attacks on the foundations of our democracy are, by definition, acts of war and are now coming at us from both within and without. Lies are the weapon of choice, social media the platform for delivery, truth the intended target. Integrity and the union are collateral damage.
As we approach the mid-terms, those attacks are accelerating, and America is losing. The weapons are employed on both sides of every issue with great intensity and total disregard for truth: “representative democracy” versus “deep state”; “let Mueller do his job” versus “end the great witch hunt now”; “black lives matter” versus “white nationalists”; “climate change” versus “climate change deniers”; “rich” versus “poor”; “women’s right to control their own bodies” versus “legislating what is acceptable”; “legitimate press” versus “Fake News”, “Christian” versus “Humanist”, etc. Their objective is to generate irrational hatred, to empower and support conflict, to set free the fringe, and to undermine the world’s confidence in democracy as an institution. We have become a “House Divided”, lead by a President who would rather divide to conquer than unify as a nation. Disinformation, the enemy of truth, is winning. -DRW
By Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly , Fact Checker Analysis August 1 Email the author
Because of summer vacation schedules, we had fallen a month behind in updating The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.
It turns out that’s when the president decided to turn on the spigots of false and misleading claims. As of day 558, he’s made 4,229 Trumpian claims — an increase of 978 in just two months.
That’s an overall average of nearly 7.6 claims a day.
When we first started this project for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. But the average number of claims per day keeps climbing the longer Trump stays in office. In fact, in June and July, the president averaged 16 claims a day.
Put another way: In his first year as president, Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims. Now, just six months later, he has almost doubled that total.