If someone were to say that Donald Trump was the epitome of honesty, it would be a great disservice to us all. On many occasions he has made bold, inaccurate statements and exaggerated the truth to boost his morale and accomplishments. Trump liaises closely with the media, who have become wary of his outlandish comments. More often than not, he makes false statements that can easily be verified. Though he has only been in office for a few months, his administration has been following in his footsteps. Here are some occasions where the Trump administration has given alternative facts.
1. When Trump was speaking about his surprise victory, he made reference to his Inauguration Day on January 20th of this year. Trump claimed that the rain ceased “immediately” after he began his speech. This was untrue, as a light shower continued throughout his speech.
2. Sean Spicer, Press Secretary for the White House, seems to exaggerate just as much as the President. On inauguration day, 4.6 million people tuned in to watch the ceremony. Sean Spicer falsely stated that “tens of millions of people” were watching.
3. In 1988, George W. Bush won 426 electoral votes and subsequently became President of the United States. It does not appear that Sean Spicer remembered or even knew this little fact, as he claimed that Trump received more electoral votes than any Republican since Ronald Raegan was voted into power in 1981.
4. At the GOP’s congressional retreat in January, Trump spoke about the crime rate in Philadelphia and said that the national homicide rate was “steadily increasing”. Though it is true that the years 2015-2016 were high, the murder rates in 2013-14 were the lowest in Philadelphia in decades.
5. The New York Times is one of America’s bestselling newspapers. Trump claimed that the popular news outlet has “failed” and lost many subscribers. The newspaper usually produces articles criticizing the present administration, much to the chagrin of Trump. In fact, in the first quarter of the New Year, the Times have reported a rise in numbers. They gained 308, 000 new subscribers, which is more than it has had before. This will actually improve the company’s revenue by 19 percent. The company also has a net worth of thirteen million US dollars.
6. The Christian Broadcast Network interviewed Trump, who made false comments about refugees. He said that "If you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very, very tough to get into the United States. If you were a Muslim, you could come in, if you were a Christian, it was impossible.” According to federal data, Syrian refugees first started coming to America in 2012. The United States accepted 19,324 refugees from Syria including 19,025 Muslims and 199 Christians.
7. Initially, when Trump’s new travel ban was introduced, it was targeted at refugees from Muslim countries and green card holders. However, in February of this year, The White House representatives quickly changed their story. According to John Kelly of Homeland Security, the immigration order did not apply to green card holders or travelers already on planes to the United States and that was “the guidance from the beginning.”