How do you know when President Donald Trump is lying? If you believe the popular adage (as it’s been used for other serial liars in the past), it’s when his lips are moving.
There are exceptions to the rule, of course, and some of Trump’s “best” lies have worked well on people because they contain a grain of truth in them.
But on Wednesday, the president known for lying or misleading the American people dozens of times daily tried to suggest he doesn’t lie.
Speaking to reporters during a press conference in Davos, Switzerland, right before he departed from the World Economic Forum to head home to Washington D.C., Trump compared his impeachment trial to former President Bill Clinton’s, suggesting his actions weren’t as bad because Clinton had been impeached for lying during a deposition.
“Now, with me, there’s no lying,” Trump said, per reporting from CNN.
Trump proceeded to lie a demonstrable number of times after that statement, including making claims that Democrats were upset with Rep. Adam Schiff after the White House released a memo of the president’s conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, and another lie suggesting former President Barack Obama, as well as Europe, didn’t provide as much aid to Ukraine that his administration did.
"Bill Clinton should have not been impeached."
"With me there's no, lying, no crime"
Donald Trump talks about his impeachment. pic.twitter.com/rePv3IDGsI
— Global Politics (@Globalpoliticss) January 22, 2020
Indeed, Obama did send aid to Kyiv, and European nations, as well as the EU, have sent billions of dollars to Ukraine since Russian aggressions began in 2014.
According to a recent update to a fact-checking database on Trump’s statements managed by the Washington Post, the current president has lied or misled the American people 16,241 times in his first three years in office, amounting to 22 lies from Trump per day, on average, in 2019. Half of the false claims tracked by the Post came about in 2019 alone.
Since early October, the pace at which Trump has lied or misled the public has actually increased, with his average lying rate being 27 or more lies per day.