Rebuffed On ‘Person Of The Year,’ Trump Receives ‘Lie Of The Year’ Honors From PolitiFact
Last week, President Donald Trump expressed disdain at climate activist Greta Thornberg receiving TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” award.
The president seemingly lashed out at news that the 16-year-old had gotten the honor, voicing his disapproval on Twitter Thursday, per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.
“So ridiculous,” Trump wrote. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
Though Trump missed out on being named “Person of the Year,” he did receive a different “honor” from a separate newspaper — PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” for 2019.
The lie? The numerous times Trump tried to say that the whistleblower’s depiction of his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was wrong or incorrect.
PolitiFact noted the number of ways Trump did so. Trump defended the call by saying it was “pitch perfect.” At other times, he lashed out at the whistleblower, calling them a “partisan” (even though he didn’t know who the whistleblower really was).
“Everything he wrote in that report, almost, was a lie,” Trump once said.
“The whistleblower defrauded our country, because the whistleblower wrote something that was totally untrue,” he said another time.
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) December 16, 2019
Trump at one point even threw out the idea that the whistleblower’s actions, and the actions of those who may have helped them, were treasonous.
In total, PolitiFact noted that Trump attacked the whistleblower at least 80 times with claims that their complaint was full of lies or otherwise inaccurate.
Each occasion he did so was a lie told by the president, the publication said.
“We know this from the very record of the call the president released. We know this from testimony under oath from career diplomats and other officials,” PolitiFact wrote in its description of Trump’s words.
It doesn’t even matter what your views on impeachment are, the publication added. “Agree or disagree with the conclusion, or whether the president’s conduct warrants impeachment, the actions described in the complaint stand up to factual scrutiny,” the website noted.
The call to Zelensky, and the complaint from the whistleblower, was the tipping point for Democrats to embrace impeachment of the president. After media reports of the whistleblower’s complaints became public knowledge, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced in late September that she and the Democratic caucus would move forward with an inquiry, regarding whether impeachment of Trump for abusing his office (in asking for a political favor from a foreign power) was necessary.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said at the time.
The House is slated to vote on whether to impeach Trump or not later this week.