Politicians lie. That's the nature of the game. As sad as it is, many times they either blatantly do it with the intent of just getting elected and doing what they want, or they just simply can't fulfill a campaign promise. At this point, it's just a fact of life.
With that being said, there are some politicians who are bigger liars than others, and to date, Donald Trump could be the biggest of them all.
To compare, the New York Times calculated that Trump told 6 times as many lies in his first 10 months in office as Obama did during his entire 8 year presidency. That's insane.
Trump's lies vs Obama's lies. A lie chart, if you will.— ben goldacre (@bengoldacre) December 14, 2017
Nice and I don't doubt it but if making comparisons would be good to see more on methods. Fact-checking is a growing area so secular trend an issue (but note no uptick over time in Obama data)https://t.co/IPwDdnvC2p pic.twitter.com/JvmXP1kZ6I
It's not just the number of lies that Trump has told that's so significant: it's the nature of them and how they're directly affecting his constituents. The majority of Trump's voters are lower income earning, working class Americans. Trump once promised that he was going to cut taxes for all Americans.
"Everybody is getting a tax cut, especially the middle class."
At literally his first public appearance after getting elected, Trump promised a room of some of America's richest individuals to "get their taxes down."
Remember, Trump’s first public appearance post election night was at NYC restaurant that sells $36 burgers, where he shook rich people’s hands and said “we’re gonna get your taxes down.”— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 20, 2017
Months later, Trump ultimately fulfilled one promise and not the other. Guess which one he kept?
The tax plan that Trump's currently pimping will only serve the wealthiest of Americans and spells bad news for everyone who isn't already rolling in dough.
That means the vast majority of Americans may ultimately pay more in taxes.
People who've actually taken a look at the tax plan and the financial repercussions to their bottom line staunchly oppose it.
Republicans keep saying the American public supports the #TaxCutsandJobsAct.— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) December 19, 2017
Let's show @realdonaldtrump @SenateMajLdr & @SpeakerRyan that we don't support the Bill.
RETWEET to let these three know that they are going against the will of the people.
We DO NOT support this plan pic.twitter.com/TSuHVbEY5u
Only a small amount of Trump's own most loyal voter base think the tax plan is a good idea.
And when you look at the actual language of the bill, it's easy to see why people are confused.
For example, if you're the victim of a disaster, say goodbye to a tax deduction that occurred as a result of an uninsured calamity. If you've ever dealt with an insurance company in the wake of a natural disaster, it's difficult enough to get them to agree your damages are covered even when you already have a plan. Imagine if you're not covered for a specific disaster, you can kiss your property goodbye.
This is one of the most heartless provisions in the #GOPTaxPlan. Victims of wildfires and other disasters will have a tougher time getting their lives back on track in order to help pay for tax cuts for the rich. So disappointing. https://t.co/r5rPUW5Yo9— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 18, 2017
Hatred for the tax plan also breaks the bipartisan barrier, the majority of both Democrats and Republicans are very against it.
The Trump/GOP tax plan may help Dems solve the big question over whether to reach out to college educated or blue collar whites.— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 20, 2017
The tax plan is hated by both groups. Dems say they can now cast Trump and the GOP as the "swamp."
My new post:https://t.co/z8uuILDzTe
Hopefully, our representatives decide to actually, you know, represent us on this issue.