Donald Trump started his business with a tiny loan, Hillary Clinton has been fighting ISIS since 1947, and stop and frisk doesn’t disproportionately affect people of color.
These are some of the fabrications you would have heard from Trump during Monday night’s presidential debate. Trump has amassed a record of stating falsehoods throughout the campaign — a record that has been widely picked up on and derided by longtime political observers.
“All politicians bend the truth to fit their purposes, including Hillary Clinton,” wrote the New York Times in an unusual critical news story last week. “But Donald J. Trump has unleashed a blizzard of falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies in the general election, peppering his speeches, interviews and Twitter posts with untruths so frequent that they can seem flighty or random — even compulsive.”
Those falsehoods were on flagrant display during the first presidential debate. Trump’s misstatements may have desensitized some political observers, but the ones Monday night may have shocked even those primed to hear them.
We rounded up 11 of the leading misleading whoppers from the debate: