Trump Up: to devise deceitfully or dishonestly, as an accusation; fabricate:
A phrase could not be more apropos. Trump continues to smoke screen with outright lies, further confusing the public record. Here are just some of the hundreds of lies he has generated this campaign season:
- "If we competitively bid drugs in the United States, we can save as much as $300 billion a year.” As the Washington Post pointed out,“Total spending in Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) in 2014 was $78 billion. So Trump, in effect, is claiming to save $300 billion a year on a $78 billion program. That’s like turning water into wine."
- “Our country is falling apart, frankly. Our infrastructure is a disaster. Our bridges are falling down. Sixty-one percent of our bridges are in danger.” As of 2014, according to the agency, about 61,000 of the country’s 611,000 bridges were rated as "structurally deficient," which works out to 10 percent.
- “Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.” There is no evidence to support that claim.
- “Word is that Ford Motor, because of my constant badgering at packed events, is going to cancel their deal to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.” One problem: Ford made that decision four years ago. The company stated, “We decided to move the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to Ohio Assembly in 2011, long before any candidates announced their intention to run for U.S. president.”
- “I write a book called The Art of the Deal, the No. 1 selling business book of all time, at least I think, but I’m pretty sure it is.” Not even close. "Trump is full of B.S.," said Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of business management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. "The best selling/most important business books would have to be In Search of Excellence by (Thomas) Peters and (Robert) Waterman that started the genre, Built to Last by Jim Collins, The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey."
- "For the amount of money Hillary Clinton would like to spend on refugees, we could rebuild every inner city in America."
- "Crime is rising."
- "It is Hillary Clinton's agenda" to "release the violent criminals from jail. She wants them all released."
- "Look, we are at war with these people and they don't wear uniforms. … This is a war against people that are vicious, violent people, that we have no idea who they are, where they come from. We are allowing tens of thousands of them into our country now."
- Says Ted Cruz’s father "was with Lee Harvey Oswald" before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
- "Don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment. The number's probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent."
This is all but a small sampling of the many flat out lies Trump has used over the course of his campaign to flame the under educated. After all, remember he loves the "under educated" because they like Trump believe just about everything they read on the Internet. If it is on the Internet it must be true. So 2+2=5 must now be a fact.