Without apparent irony, Trump calls Clinton a 'world-class liar' | Editorial

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
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on June 25, 2016

On the issue of truthfulness, Donald Trump has little ground to stand on.

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In a speech this week in which he called his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, a "world-class liar," Donald Trump lied.

Repeatedly.
 
We'd list all these lies, but our space here is limited. So, based on the level of absurdity, we've curated some of his greatest hits.
 
1) Trump claimed to be a self-made success, saying he started out "with a small loan and built a business worth over $10 billion." In fact, it was a princely $1 million loan from his father and an inherited company with property holdings all over New York City. Details.

2) He argued Clinton is weak on foreign policy, citing the Benghazi attack in which Ambassador Chris Stevens "was left helpless to die, as Hillary Clinton soundly slept in her bed." In fact, according to the 11-hour Benghazi hearing last year, Clinton "did not sleep all night." No matter. A "Trump fact" is one that makes the story better.
 
3) He repeated some of the same false claims he's been called out on before: That our trade deficit with China rose 40 percent during Clinton's time as Secretary of State (it was 12 percent), and that she will "virtually abolish the Second Amendment." Once again, he provides no evidence of either.
 
5) His most reckless whoppers by far, though, were about Muslims. First, he repeated an erroneous early report that the father of the Orlando shooter was a Taliban supporter, based on what CNN later found was a mistranslation of a YouTube video.
 
Then, somehow, Trump connected the Orlando shooter, a U.S. citizen, to refugees, saying Clinton would admit "hundreds of thousands of refugees from the most dangerous countries on Earth — with no way to screen who they are or what they believe."

In fact, there is a way. An extensive way: Rigorous screening procedures to vet refugees are already in place, taking up to two years and involving five government agencies.

6) Most outrageously, Trump tried to spin his bigoted ban on Muslims as having nothing to do with bigotry. "I only want to admit people who share our values and love our people," he said.
 
Please. He has suggested no way to verify whether Muslims share our values or love our people. He has simply called to ban them all from entering the country.

And we can't even tell what religion people are without ethnic profiling. How on earth could we tell who loves our people?
 
But perhaps we should expect no better from the candidate awarded Politifact's 2015 "Lie of the Year Award" — not for any particular lie, but for his cumulative portfolio.

As many as three quarters of Trump's statements are untrue, according to Politifact's analysis. Another outlet, Politico, found he lies about once every five minutes.

Many of these wild fictions are on meaty policy issues, too. So while polls say voters don't find Clinton trustworthy, Trump is by far the biggest fabricator in this race. If anyone's a "world-class liar," it's him.

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