The Washington Post tallied 1,218 false or misleading claims by President Donald Trump in his first nine months in office. That’s an average of five a day. In just seven weeks before the midterm elections, the Post counted another 1,419 false or misleading claims — an astounding average of 30 a day.
It’s not just his increased frequency that’s jarring. It’s his material. His newest false claims of electoral corruption have the potential to harm America.
On Twitter, commenting on close Senate and gubernatorial races, Trump has said it was a “disgrace” that Florida was “all of the sudden” finding “votes out of nowhere,” made allegations of “electoral corruption” in Arizona involving mail ballots and blasted Georgia officials for not declaring Republican Brian Kemp to be the state’s governor-elect.
The president offered no evidence of any kind for his claims about alleged fraud in the three states, which all have Republican governors and voted for Trump in 2016. Taking weeks to get it right and to finish counting ballots is not nefarious. It’s normal.
FROM AN EDITORIAL IN THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE