President Donald Trump, in a last ditch effort to throw just about anything at the wall and hope it sticks amid dwindling election prospects in the final weeks before the election, has shamelessly made more than 50 false or misleading claims a day.
That’s according to the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, which reported on Thursday that in the month of August — even before delivering a speech to accept the Republican presidential nomination — Trump made 1,506 false or misleading claims, or 56 a day.
As of Aug. 27, the Post’s database, which tracks bogus claims made by Trump, stood at a whopping total of 22,247 false or misleading claims in 1,316 days.
The number of false statements has increased drastically since the early days of his presidency in 2017, when President Trump still keeping with a penchant for mistruth, averaged six claims a day. That number increased rapidly over the past three years — spiking to 16 a day in 2018 and then steadily increasing 22 in 2019. So far in 2020, the president has averaged 27 claims a day.
Trump’s Twitter feed has been especially active lately, as he lashes out at political foes and tries to boost his electoral prospects. The President has taken to the airwaves at nearly every turn, calling into Fox News for interviews. And Trump has held a constant stream of rallies in the final days of the campaign.
Unsurprisingly, the coronavirus pandemic has risen to the top of Trump’s list of falsehoods as he repeatedly undermines science and admitted to intentionally misleading the public about the seriousness of COVID-19.
In just six months Trump has generated nearly 1,400 false claims about the coronavirus pandemic, the Post said.
The volume of misstatements has grown so rapidly that the Post’s Fact Checker team said they simply “cannot keep up.”
According to the Post, Trump has also put a new spin on an old favorite false claim about the economy. While he’s previously falsely stated that the economy under his administration has been the best in U.S. history, he’s taken to the even more inflated suggestion lately by counting among his accomplishments achieving “the best economy in the history of the world.”
Trump has repeated this wildly off base “best economy” claim more than 150 times just since the coronavirus began raging across the United States, the Post said, shredding the economy and Trump’s top pitch for his reelection bid in its wake.