A term of untruths

The longer Trump was president, the more frequently he made false or misleading claims

The Washington Post Fact Checker started tracking President Donald Trump’s false or misleading claims as a first-100-days project but in response to reader requests continued to add to the database through his entire term.

By the time Trump left office, he had accumulated 30,573 untruths during his presidency — averaging about 21 erroneous claims a day.

Trump made about six false or misleading claims a day in his first year as president, 16 a day in his second year, 22 a day in his third year — and 39 a day in his final year.

[Explore the Fact Checker’s database of false claims made by President Trump while in office]

Put another way, it took Trump 27 months to reach 10,000 false or misleading claims and another 14 months to reach 20,000. He then exceeded the 30,000 mark less than five months later.

Scroll the timeline below to see how the president’s daily false statements added up to a tsunami of untruths that kept rising during his presidency.

Jan. 19, 2021: In a farewell address, Trump repeats many of his favorite falsehoods, some of which he has said hundreds of times.

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