I am just amazed that there are ANY true statements anymore.
Courtesy of the Toronto Star:
U.S. President Donald Trump’s words are getting more dishonest over time, the Star has found in the first detailed statistical analysis of his inaccurate statements in office.
The analysis relies on some subjective judgments, which we’ll explain in detail below. But it provides the most comprehensive picture yet available of what historians say is an unprecedented avalanche of serial lying.
In weeks that started in 2017, 3.8 percent of Trump’s words were part of a false claim. In 2018, it’s 7.3 percent. Expressed differently: in 2017, Trump said about 26 words for every one false word. In 2018, it’s down to about 14 words per one false word.
There is a strong statistical correlation — .73, on a scale that goes up to 1 — between the number of words Trump speaks in a week and the number of false claims he makes in a week. The correlation is getting stronger with time: it was .55 in 2017, .89 in 2018.
So: when Trump spoke more in 2017, his number of false claims increased measurably but moderately; when he spoke more in 2018, his number of false claims increased more dramatically.
We have a theory about why there is now a stronger correlation between how much Trump talks and how many false claims he makes: he appears to have started ad-libbing more frequently in recent months than he did at the beginning of his term when he was less comfortable. We know from experience that Trump makes more false claims when he is improvising rather than reading from a staff-written speech.
Trump also lies frequently in interviews, which seem to be almost exclusively made up of lies.
The Star did a very detailed analysis, which is kind of fascinating.
But the bottom line is that Trump lies like a house on fire, and it is only increasing.