GOP Nominee Made Erroneous Statements Four Times More Often Than Democrat Hillary Clinton, According To Politico
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GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made 87 erroneous statements in five days last week.
That's an average of one misstatement, exaggeration or falsehood for every three minutes, 15 seconds worth of remarks on the campaign trail, according to an analysis by Politico.
The news site also analyzed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's remarks during the same period — and found that she made only eight erroneous statements, or one every 12 minutes.
"The conclusion is inescapable: Trump’s mishandling of facts and propensity for exaggeration so greatly exceed Clinton’s as to make the comparison almost ludicrous," Politico reports. "Though few statements match the audacity of his statement about his role in questioning Obama’s citizenship, Trump has built a cottage industry around stretching the truth."
Trump's lies included whoppers like falsely accusing Clinton of starting the birther movement and claiming he opposed the Iraq war.
The Politico analysis helps explain why Trump's campaign doesn't want moderator Lester Holt to fact-check him during Monday's debate. But the analysis also reveals that Trump faces a different standard among voters than Clinton. A recent CNN poll found that 50 percent of voters believe Trump is honest and trustworthy, while only 35 percent believe Clinton is honest and trustworthy.
Check out all 87 of Trump's lies here.