PolitiFact Names Donald Trump's Campaign Statements As Its Lie of the Year

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Dec 22, 2015 12:15 PM
PolitiFact Names Donald Trump's Campaign Statements As Its Lie of the Year

PolitiFact, in a break from tradition, has named "the campaign misstatements of Donald Trump" as its Lie of the Year. In the past, the website would designate statements (such as the "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan" claim about Obamacare or over-exaggerations about the ebola virus) as the lie of the year, but this is the first time multiple statements from one person have "won" the title.

PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked. No other politician has as many statements rated so far down on the dial.

In considering our annual Lie of the Year, we found our only real contenders were Trump’s -- his various statements also led our Readers’ Poll. But it was hard to single one out from the others. So we have rolled them into one big trophy.

To the candidate who says he’s all about winning, PolitiFact designates the many campaign misstatements of Donald Trump as our 2015 Lie of the Year.

Only one of Trump's claims has been designated as true by the site.