Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, ended up with an average Pinocchio rating of 2.2. That put her in about the same range as President Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in 2012. (She had a total of seven Four-Pinocchio ratings.) If not for her statements about the email controversy, which earned her lots of Pinocchios, her average rating would have been much lower.
Here are some of the lowlights of the 2016 campaign.
Most absurd facts
Trump repeatedly made claims that boggled the imagination. He said the unemployment rate was 42 percent when it was actually 5 percent. He claimed there were 92 million “jobless Americans,” which included everyone who did not want to work, such as retirees and students. He even claimed that he could save $300 billion a year from a Medicare prescription drug program that only costs $78 billion.
Return to sender award
Most imaginary history (GOP version)
Most imaginary history (Democratic version)
Most amazing foresight
Gold medal for flip-flops
Funny numbers (minority version)
Go back to school award
Ben Carson, making the case for not having any political experience, asserted that the Founding Fathers had no elected office experience. As most junior high schoolers could tell you, the American Revolution was successful because it was led by men with many years in politics, political action and protest, often honed in the debates held in Colonial legislatures.
Brag line that flopped (GOP version)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) claimed credit for inserting a legislative provision that weakened the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. But it turned out he had no role in the legislative maneuvering that resulted in the change in law, so he was taking credit for the work of other lawmakers.
Brag line that flopped (Democratic version)
Greatest collection of phony scandals
Biggest rags-to-riches fable
Trump repeatedly said he built his business with only a $1 million loan from his father. But his father provided him with tens of millions of dollars in loans, trust funds and inheritance — not to mention crucial contacts in the real estate world.
Biggest evil billionaires fable
Biggest evil government fable
While campaigning for president, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) loved to tell the story of an elderly man sitting in prison for 10 years — just for putting dirt on his land. But just about every aspect of Paul’s recounting was inaccurate and misleading. The man was convicted for his role in developing 67 mobile home lots inside federally protected wetlands, building on wetlands without approval and knowingly selling land with illegal sewage systems that were likely to fail.
Sean Hannity’s fantasy plane ride
The Fox News personality touted the claim that Trump sent his personal plane to rescue Marines stranded after fighting in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. But Trump had nothing to do with it; the jet was provided by the Trump Shuttle, under contract with the military, at a time when it had been seized by Trump’s bankers for failing to pay loans. Hannity continues to display this false claim on his website.
Most amazing ‘Whoa if True’ claim
Most ridiculous zombie claim
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