On October 13, Donald Trump held a rally in Richmond, Kentucky, where he spent most of the time spinning an array of ridiculous lies to his supporters.
First, Trump lied about coal:
TRUMP: “We have ended the war on clean, beautiful coal. We’re putting our miners back to work like never before. They’re going back, back, back”
The truth: Only 1,900 new coal mining jobs have been created nationwide since Donald Trump became President, just 0.05% of total jobs created in that time. There are currently 52,000 coal mining jobs nationwide, which is 20,000 below four years ago, and 80,000 below thirty years ago (Source: BLS Data: All employees, thousands, coal mining, seasonally adjusted). Those numbers don’t even account yet for the coal mine that just shut down this month in West Virginia, resulting in hundreds of layoffs.
Next, Trump lied about steel:
TRUMP: “You see the comeback with steel? Everyone’s going back to work. The steel mills are opening up, U.S. Steel, Nucor. They’re all opening up their steel mills.”
The truth: U.S Steel is not opening up any steel mills.
Then, Trump lied about Kentucky’s economy:
TRUMP: “This state is doing so well. You have your lowest unemployment numbers in history. You have your best incomes in history.”
Next, Trump lied about Single Payer Healthcare:
TRUMP: “A majority of House Democrats have already signed up for socialist health care. By the way, it doesn’t work anywhere in the world. Just so you understand. It doesn’t work. It’s good if you don’t mind waiting like five weeks to see a doctor.”
The truth: The Commonwealth Fund Survey of 2016 showed healthcare systems in Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom all provided more timely access for either a doctor or specialist than in the United States.
Then, standing right next to Mitch McConnell, Trump lied about Medicare:
TRUMP: “Republicans want to protect Medicare, and we will, for our great seniors who have earned it and who have paid for it.”
The truth: Mitch McConnell is currently calling for cuts to Medicare.
Next, Trump lied about health care coverage protections for pre-existing conditions:
TRUMP: “Republicans only will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.”
The truth: Republicans have voted 9 times to repeal the Obamacare mandate that prevents companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, and their substitute plans either completely allow denial of coverage due to a pre-existing condition, or allow denial of service related to a pre-existing condition.
Then, Trump lied about how many women voted for him:
TRUMP: “I am so sorry, I apologize to the women in the room. Remember, I got 52 percent — remember, they kept saying, he’s not — the fake news — that’s right. Remember he said — they were all saying he will not do well with women? Wow, did we do well with women. Did we do well. Fake news. We did really well with women.”
The truth: 52% of women did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. 42% of women voted for him.
Next, Trump lied about Social Security:
TRUMP: “We, unlike the Democrats, will protect Medicare and protect Social Security.”
The truth: Mitch McConnell is currently calling for cuts to both Medicare and Social Security.
Donald Trump likes hyperbole. It is not hyperbole to state that Donald Trump may be the biggest liar in U.S. history. A President who goes around the country telling dozens of bold-faced lies to the citizens he is supposed to be leading is pure civic poison that is incredibly dangerous to democracy. Vladimir Putin is certainly getting his money’s worth. Democracy depends on its citizens being able to make informed decisions based on facts. If facts can no longer be verified and if lies become the norm, the power of the people is gone, replaced by those that hold the power over propaganda. Every undemocratic state in history has relied on this power of propaganda to wield power over its citizens. As a country that was founded upon the principle of having a government that is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, the most patriotic thing any American can do right now is to reject the lies of Donald Trump.