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2017 NY Times analysis of Lies told by Trump vs. Obama

Trump's Character

Ex-White House chief of staff John Kelly speaks out against Trump (The Guardian, Feb. 13, 2020)

Lying & Dishonesty

How the Quantity of Trump’s Lies Compares to Obama’s

BY  Kirsten Korosec  (Fortune, December 14, 2017)

President Donald Trump has told nearly six times more lies in the first 10 months of his presidency than former President Barack Obama did in his entire 8-year term, according to data collected and published Thursday in the New York Times.

The “Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s” piece, featured in the opinion section of the publication, was a sequel of sorts to a list the NYT published over the summer titled “Trump’s Lies.” After the initial article’s publication, supporters pushed back against the newspaper with one common response: “if you made a similar list for previous presidents, it would be just as bad.”



Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s

David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick, and Stuart A. Thompson (New York Times, Dec. 14, 2017)

In his first 10 months in office, he has told 103 separate untruths, many of them repeatedly. Obama told 18 over his entire eight-year tenure. That’s an average of about two a year for Obama and about 124 a year for Trump.

Separately, we have updated our earlier list of Trump's lies, which also includes repeated falsehoods. ( This article counts only distinct falsehoods for both Trump and Obama.

If we had used a less strict standard, Trump would look even worse by comparison. He makes misleading statements and mild exaggerations – about economic statistics, his political opponents and many other subjects – far more often than Obama. We left out any statement that could be plausibly defended even if many people would disagree with the president's interpretation. We also left out modest quantitative errors, such as Trump's frequent imprecision with numbers.

President Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims

President Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims | Fact Checker

Interactive Database:

Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly (July 13, 2020)

It took President Trump 827 days to top 10,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of 12 claims a day. But on July 9, just 440 days later, the president crossed the 20,000 mark — an average of 23 claims a day over a 14-month period, which included the events leading up to Trump’s impeachment trial, the worldwide pandemic that crashed the economy and the eruption of protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.  The coronavirus pandemic has spawned a whole new genre of Trump’s falsehoods. The category in just a few months has reached nearly 1,000 claims, more than his tax claims combined. Trump’s false or misleading claims about the impeachment investigation — and the events surrounding it — contributed almost 1,200 entries to the database

Treatment of Women

No Sense of Responsibility for Others

He cheated contractors at Trump properties, got people to take the SAT tests for him, and has lies without hesitation.

Lack of Respect 

  • On Sen. John McCain:  “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa in July of 2015. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” (Time Mag.,

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump skews history by saying he fired Mattis

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