Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017

Number 10 – CNN Ratings Way Down

“Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!”

June 27, 2017

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 10 - Fake News CNN. Rating Well Down. Ratings are however correct. Cartoon caricature APT

For the last four years, when comparing quarter 2, CNN has increased in all ratings year on year – including Q2 2017. According to data by the Nielsen Company, CNN ratings are as follows:

CNN

Ratings

Primetime,

Total Viewers

Primetime, 25-54 Total Day,

Total Viewers

Total Day,

25-54

2017 Q2 1,055,000 371,000 788,000 263,000
2016 Q2 959,000 312,000 627,000 188,000
2015 Q2 560,000 195,000 430,000 138,000
2014 Q2 459,000 156,000 341,000 105,000
2013 Q2 666,000 228,000 475,000 161,000

CNN Ratings for Quarter 2 for Last 5 Years. APT

Number 9 – Charlottesville Counter-protesters didn’t have a Permit

“There were people in that rally. I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee. I am sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest.

“Because I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So I only tell you this. There are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country.”

August 15, 2017

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 9 - The other group didn’t have a permit. The Counter protesters had indeed acquired an official permit. Cartoon caricature APT

Counter-protesters had indeed acquired an official permit for Saturday, when the Unite the Right march was scheduled.

The permit was issued to Walt Heinecke, an associate professor of educational research, statistics and evaluation at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. The “special events certificate of approval” for a public demonstration at two parks in Charlottesville, McGuffey Park and Justice Park. Those are located within one and two blocks, respectively, of Emancipation Park, the location of a Robert E. Lee statue and the destination for the Unite the Right march. The certificate covered Saturday, Aug. 12, from 0900-1900.

Counter Protesters Permit

Number 8 – Amazon has a No-Tax Monopoly

“Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?”

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 8 - Is Fake News Washington Post keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly. Cartoon caricature APT

No federal or state court, or the Federal Trade Commission ― has ever found Amazon to be a monopoly.

Amazon paid $412 million in combined taxes in 2016. In 2015 it paid $273 million in combined taxes, and $177 million in 2014.

Number 7 – Size of Crowd at Inauguration

“We had a massive field of people. You saw that. Packed. I get up this morning. I turn on one of the networks and they show an empty field. I say, ‘Wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out. The field was … It looked like a million, a million and a half people.’ Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument.”

January 21st 2017

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 7 - We had a massive field of people. It looked like a million, a million and a half people.. Cartoon caricature APT

Fewer people attended the inauguration than did the Women’s March protest the following day, whose numbers were estimated at just under half a million. Photos also show attendance was far lower than at Barack Obama’s ceremonies, the first of which in 2009 drew an estimated 1.8 million people.

Donald Trump Inauguration crowd size in 2017 compared to Barack Obama Inauguration in 2009

Number 6 – Funding the Estate Tax will Protect Millions of Small Businesses

“To protect millions of small businesses and the American farmer we are finally ending the crushing, the horrible, the unfair estate tax.”

September 27th, 2017

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 6 - To protect millions we are finally ending the unfair estate tax. Cartoon caricature APT

In 2017, estates worth less than $5.49 million are exempt from the tax. Above $5.49 million, the estate is generally taxed at 40 percent. For 2017, the Tax Policy Center estimated, based on past tax data and modeling, that 11,310 individuals will have estates big enough to file an estate tax return. “After allowing for deductions and credits, 5,460 estates will owe tax.” The center projected that only about 80 small farms and closely held businesses would pay any estate tax in 2017.

Number 5 – There have not been Tax Cuts Since Reagan

“You know, for years, they have not been able to get tax cuts. Many, many years. Since Reagan”

November 29th 2017

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 5 - You know, for years, they have not been able to get tax cuts. Many, many years. Since Reagan. Cartoon caricature APT

Under the last three presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, congress enacted nine tax bills worth $664 billion in revenue reductions over four years Treasury – Revenue Effects of Major Tax Bills.

Year President Name Four Year Average Reduction, 2013 dollars
1997 Bill Clinton Tax Relief Act of 1997 $13.2 billion
2001 George W. Bush Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act $74.4 billion
2002 George W. Bush Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act $28 billion
2003 George W. Bush Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act $69.2 billion
2004 George W. Bush Working Families Tax Relief Act $25.9 billion
2005 George W. Bush Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Ac $22.6 billion
2008 George W. Bush Economic Stimulus Act $33.7 billion
2009 Barack Obama American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act $76.6 billion
2012 Barack Obama American Taxpayer Relief Act $320.6 billion

Number 4 – Approval Rating is the Same as Obama’s

“While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47%…and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!”

December 29th 2017

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 4 - While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating. My rating was same as Obama. Cartoon caricature APT

The poll to which Trump referred was released December 28, by Rasmussen Reports, showing him with a 46 percent approval rating and a 53 percent disapproval rating. Obama, on Dec. 28 of his first year in office, had almost identical numbers, according to Rasmussen: 47 percent approval, 52 percent disapproval. (In updated results released on Dec.29, Trump’s approval rating dropped a point, to 45 percent.)

The Rasmussen poll is however an outlier. 12 polls go into the Real Clear Politics polling average of the president’s approval rating, the 45 percent in Rasmussen’s poll on Dec. 28 was the highest score Trump earned, Trump’s average rating was 39.8% approval.

Donald Trump approval and disapproval ratings history

Number 3 – Why he Fired James Comey

“You are not able to effectively lead the Bureau”

May 9th 2017

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 3 - You are not able to effectively lead the Bureau. Cartoon caricature APT

Donald Trump letter to FBI Director James Comey notifying he had fired him

On the 11th May FBI Associate Director Andrew McCabe was appearing in front of congress as replacement for Comey. During testimony, McCabe was asked by the Democratic Senator for New Mexico Martin Heinrich “Is it accurate that the rank and file no longer supported Director Comey”. McCabe responded with “No Sir, that is not accurate, I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity,” McCabe later added “Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI, and still does to this day.”

Andrew McCabe quote to congress about support of rank and file fo FBI behind James Comey caricature APT

Number 2 – Obama Wiretapped Him

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

March 4th 2017

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 2 - Terrible - Just found out that Obama had my wires tapped in Trump Tower. Cartoon caricature APT

In a court filing on Friday September 1st 2017, the Department of Justice said “Both FBI and NSD [Department of Justice’s National Security Division] confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” the DOJ wrote in a summary judgment court filing on Sept. 1. “FBI again confirmed that Case 1:17-cv-00718-RCL Document 12 Filed 09/01/17 Page 4 of 39 they do not have any such records by consulting with personnel knowledgeable about Director Comey’s statements and the surveillance activities of the FBI. ”

DOJ Motion for Summary Judgement in Trump Tower

Number 1 – Russia Trump is a Made Up Story

“This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”  

May 11th 2017

Top Ten Donald Trump Lies of 2017 - No. 1 - This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. Cartoon caricature APT

US intelligence agencies, Facebook, Google and Twitter have said that Russia interfered in the 2016 US elections. Donald Trump Jnr, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer with the aim of obtaining compromising material. Key Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort, George Papadopolous and Michael Flynn have been charged, taken a plea bargain and have pled guilty accordingly APT – Trump Russia.

Donald Trump caricature and Russia investigation

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