Trump was most untruthful president in US history: NBC News
Outgoing US President Donald Trump has cemented his legacy as the most untruthful White House occupant in US history, according to a report by NBC News, citing fact checkers and presidential historians.
“Trump spent his first days in office pushing false claims about the size of his inauguration crowd. He has spent the final weeks of his term blitzing the American people with falsehoods and far-fetched conspiracies as part of a failed attempt to overturn the election he lost,” NBC News wrote in an article.
NBC News has fact-checked Trump for more than four years. Based on thousands of hours of reporting and hundreds of reported fact checks, it has published the falsehoods that define the Trump presidency.
Once in the White House, the US president routinely made false claims. Some of Trump’s false claims impacted American policy, while conspiracy theories were elevated in tweets and in public and private conversations with foreign leaders.
“I have never seen a president in American history who has lied so continuously and so outrageously as Donald Trump, period,” presidential historian Michael Beschloss said in an interview. “Dwight Eisenhower used to say one of the most important tools a president of the United States has is that people believe what he says."
“After two centuries, it is impressive that Americans still are inclined to believe what a president tells them, especially at a moment of crisis,” Beschloss said. “When a president breaks that bond of trust with the American people, it makes it harder for future presidents to have the kind of moral authority that enables them to protect us.”
In the last year of his term, Trump’s countless false claims about the coronavirus muddied the US response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 339,062 people in the US as of December 29.
Trump’s claim that the election was stolen from him delayed incoming President Joe Biden’s transition for weeks, hampering his incoming administration’s efforts to prepare for wide-scale vaccine distribution.
Throughout his term, Trump made sweeping and false claims to bolster his own policy agenda and exaggerate the extent of his accomplishment. He overstated his achievements on everything from tax reform to manufacturing investments.