The fact-checking website PolitiFact has chosen its recipient for “Lie of the year,” and there is no need for a drumroll, here. PolitiFact’s number one spot – dedicated to President Donald Trump – shows that Trump’s claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election was the “Lie of the year.” (See video below)
“What we’re saying is this Russian interference definitely happened and President Trump has said several times that it hasn’t,” said Angie Holan, a PolitiFact editor, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
Holan continued, “Well it has. And it really goes to the heart of American democracy and our elections and how we decide who do we pick to be our leaders in Congress and the White House.”
Earlier this month, PolitiFact held that Trump’s repeated claim, despite “a mountain of evidence” to the contrary, is a complete farce, and thereby deserving of the “Lie of the year” accreditation.
Trump has repeatedly insisted that “this Russia think” is “a made-up story.” He has tweeted, that it is “a hoax” and simply the Democrats’ “excuse” for the loss of the election. Trump has even gone so far as to state that he takes Russian President Vladimir Putin at face value when Putin denies the interference.
The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
After a meeting with Putin in November, during a trip to Asia, Trump said, “Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’ And I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.”
Often denying the issue of Russian interference with the election, Trump has also denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian officials. The ongoing investigation into the possible collusion continues, with special counsel Robert Mueller at the helm.
Trump’s repeated attempts to discredit CNN as “Fake News,” as well as Robert Mueller, have only shown his willingness “to create a different version of reality,” according to PolitiFact, in order to draw suspicion away from his administrative cohorts. In truth, it just makes him look that much more GUILTY.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 24, 2017