President Donald Trump frequently lies to the American people — that fact was established long before the most recent report from the Washington Post this week detailing the number of times he’s lied.
But in 2019, Trump ramped up the number of lies he told, the Post reported, tripling what they were able to track in his first year in office.
In just this year alone, Trump has told 7,458 lies, according to the Post’s tracking. That amounts to 22 lies per day.
But the lies Trump has told have increased in big ways in just the last two months. In the 62 days since the Post last updated its tracking of Trump’s lies, the president has told a whopping 32 lies per day.
Notably, the tracker was last updated on October 9 — the day before the first day of closed-door testimonies of witnesses in the impeachment hearings. Indeed, the topic of the Ukraine scandal has been the item Trump has tweeted on the most since that time, with the president uttering close to 600 lies since that time.
Trump has made 15,413 false or misleading claims over 1,055 days. Holy moly, 32 lies a day. When does he ever utter a truth? I know. When he is projecting who he really is on others. #TrumpLies https://t.co/KGUNuvCcXR
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) December 16, 2019
For comparison, in the previous tracker, Trump had only told around 250 lies about the Ukraine investigation.
Trump’s increase in lies on myriad subjects, and the latest tracker update by the Post, comes as the House of Representatives plans to formally impeach the president on two articles — abuse of power, relating to his request of a “favor” for Ukraine to investigate a political rival, and obstruction of Congress as the administration refused to acknowledge subpoenas from House panels seeking more information on that request.
The House Rules Committee is set to meet on Tuesday to discuss what parameters will exist for the debate on impeachment, NPR reported. A full House vote is scheduled for Wednesday this week.
It’s expected that the House, which is currently held led by Democrats, will vote to impeach the president, making Trump only the third chief executive in U.S. history to have been impeached.