While Donald Trump may no longer be president, it’s impossible to forget his distorted representation of the truth. And, when you compare the false and misleading claims Trump and current President Joe Biden made in their first 100 days in office - the difference is astonishing.
According to a new analysis from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog, Trump made 511 false or misleading claims within his first 100 days in office, compared to Biden’s 67. For those who are bad at math, that means Trump said seven times as many misleading or false comments than Biden did during that time period.
“After four years of a presidency that swamped Americans with a gusher of false and misleading claims, the Joe Biden era has offered a return to a more typical pattern when it comes to a commander in chief and his relationship with the facts - one that features frequent spin and obfuscation or exaggeration, with the occasional canard,” concluded Glenn Kessler, Adrian Blanco and Tyler Remmel - the Fact Checker’s creators.
Trump, of course, couldn’t resist speaking and tweeting off the cuff - which likely helped boost the number of lies and falsehoods he told.
Biden spoke roughly 40 per cent fewer words than Trump during his first 100 days in office, and tweeted 70 per cent less according to Factba.se.
What’s more, compared to the 22 interviews Trump gave during that duration, Biden only gave only six , and held only two news conferences, compared Trump’s nine.
Most of Biden’s public appearances consist of prepared texts vetted by his staff.
The Fact Checker also notes Trump went on to make more than 30,000 false claims over the course of his entire presidency.
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Probably the most striking contrast is Biden’s limited interest in social media, compared to his Twitter-consumed predecessor. Almost 100 of Trump’s false claims came from his tweets. Only one of Biden’s tweets was considered false or misleading.
That sounds about right.
One of the most bizarre claims Biden has made so far relates to Chinese president Xi Jinping, saying that he had traveled 17,000 miles with him when they were both vice presidents.
While Biden did meet several times with president Xi Jinping, the White House says that “traveled with” was not accurate. Even if it were accurate, the distance still wouldn’t have measured up to 17,000 miles. Why Biden chose to run with that claim is a mystery unbeknownst to everyone.
Trump’s famous lies during his presidency include saying coronavirus was under control, Rep Ilhan Omar supported al Qaeda and the biggest one of them all: that the 2020 election was stolen from him despite zero evidence.