Trump Told 2019's 'Lie of the Year' About Whistleblower Call

President Donald Trump at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West  Palm Beach, Fla. Dec. 21, 2019
President Donald Trump at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Dec. 21, 2019
Photo: Andrew Harnick (Associated Press)

No surprises here.

President Trump has been awarded the honor of telling “The Lie of the Year” by PolitiFact, a nonprofit, political fact-checking organization operated by the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. and Washington D.C.

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Every year, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editors of PolitiFact review the year’s most flagrant inaccuracies in search of a significant false claim that can be elevated to the distinction.

The lie that was decided as the best (or worst) of the year occurred Sept. 20 when Trump dismissed headlines about someone who blew the whistle on a phone call he had with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The call, he tweeted, was “pitch perfect.”

According to Poynter, he continued to insist more than 80 times that the whistleblower’s account was “total fiction,” “made up,” and “sooo wrong.”

On Oct. 5 Trump tweeted that the “second hand information ‘Whistleblower’ got my phone conversation almost completely wrong.”

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On Nov. 8, he told members of the press that “everything he wrote in that report, almost, was a lie.”

Well, one thing’s for sure, he is consistent.

But according to PolitiFact, the whistleblower got the call “almost completely” right.

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Trump got caught in his own lie, and it was by his own doing, too.

PolitiFact attested: “We know this from the very record of the call the president released. We know this from testimony under oath from career diplomats and other officials. And the president and his allies have told reporters that Trump did what the whistleblower suggestedurged the Ukrainian president to investigate political rival Joe Biden”

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“Their argument is that there was nothing inappropriate or unreasonable about it.”

Because he claimed that the whistleblower got his phone call “almost completely wrong” is why PolitiFact said it was the 2019 Lie of the Year.

DISCUSSION

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dudebra

When “sensible” people whine about “both sides”, they are technically correct. They just don’t recognize that the two sides are the right side and the wrong side.

The republican fascists are firmly on the wrong side and Trump’s thousands of lies are a cover for their inhuman policies. Fearmongering and hatred of the other, denial of healthcare for all, belligerent, careless sabre rattling and the coordinated suppression of the ironclad truth of man-made climate change are just a few of the evil policies that prove their inhumanity.

There can be no compromise on these issues that are essential to human survival. Trump and more importantly, the evil philosophy of republican fascism he is the face of, must be defeated.