Seriously, is Donald Trump just testing the level of stupid his supporters have?
Donald Trump just finished talking to supporters in Des Moines, Iowa, and based on tweets from reporters, he seems to be just pulling things out of his hat. Anyone with an average IQ should hear what he's saying and think, "Huh? No, that can't be possible," or "Um, I really don't think so," and yet, they're eating it up.
Donald Trump's rally in Des Moines should start any minute. Not exactly a packed house tonight. pic.twitter.com/JCO3p8AUkL— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) December 12, 2015
Donald Trump is a showman, but at some point, when you're lied to, repeatedly, you should think, "I can't trust this person, because if they're going to lie about this, what else will they lie about?"
Like, six million people over the age of 112 are getting Social Security benefits?
Trump says 6 million people over age of 112 receiving Social Security. Doesn’t cite source, says “the press is going to have to check it"— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) December 12, 2015
And... proof he's so very wrong:
"Trump says 6 million people over age of 112 receiving Social Security." Huh. pic.twitter.com/bX4gs9FYt2— TC (@tchop_stl) December 12, 2015
This is the real story about Social Security and 112 year-olds that Trump was mangling https://t.co/B47UCkKlyL— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 12, 2015
US Census: there were 55,000 people age 100+ in 2011. Trump says 6 million age 112+ collect Social Security... https://t.co/vp2Ztrg0Eh— Damian Paletta (@damianpaletta) December 12, 2015
In truth according to the Washington Post, an audit found 6.5 million active Social Security numbers. Number of people over 112 actually getting Social Security benefits? Between zero and 13.
There's also this, but really, his supporters will believe anything at this point:
Trump: "I am an evangelical."— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) December 12, 2015
Of course, already his supporters are defending the stupid claim, they way they always do, by changing what he actually said to fit the facts they find:
Trump Was Rught: IG Audit: 6.5 Million People With Active Social Security Numbers Are 112 or Older https://t.co/cnrIw1RFrk— THE Chris Coon (@Coondawg68) December 12, 2015
Trump was right! IG Audit: 6.5 Million People With Active Social Security Numbers Are 112 or Older https://t.co/ESkEFhHWP7— Barbara Panagos (@whispers34) December 12, 2015