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Jonathan Bernstein

Trump’s Dishonesty Isn’t Normal

The president’s persistent falsehoods have no historical precedent. Are they finally costing him?

If his lips are moving ...

If his lips are moving ...

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Washington Post’s fact-checking operation has now counted 10,000 “false or misleading claims” by Donald Trump during his presidency.

It’s hard to convey how big a deal this is. To begin with: It’s real. Anyone can go through the Post’s data and find plenty to argue with maybe one statement isn’t really false, another was just an exaggeration and some other one was nit-picky. But even if the fact-checkers are wrong an implausible three out of four times, that’s still 2,500 false or misleading claims by the president in two-plus years.