The speech itself was almost identical to his previous speeches before adoring throngs of StormTrumpers. The only difference was the lower volume and fewer insults and personal attacks. The stream of blatant falsehoods spewed throughout the address were familiar to anyone who witnessed his prior performances. For instance:
We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open.
Our borders are far from open and illegal crossings have declined.
Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others, have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs. The stock market has gained almost three trillion dollars in value since the election on November 8th, a record. We’ve saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter.
In each of the cases listed, the jobs and investments were announced before Trump’s election. What’s more, the companies publicly refuted his involvement.
As we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens.
Plus, he’s also removing mothers and brain surgery patients.
We are also taking strong measures to protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism. According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.
What he didn’t say is that none of them were from the seven countries he included in his Muslim ban. Nor did any of them enter the U.S. illegally. Some came with their parents as children.
Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.
This is highly misleading. That statistic includes millions of people who are retired, students, stay-at-home parents, or disabled.
Right now, American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world. My economic team is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone. At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class.
This is an often repeated lie from Trump. PolitiFact has debunked it three times. The truth is that U.S. taxes on corporations are in the lower-to-middle of the pack. And his tax reforms are overwhelmingly beneficial to the wealthy.
Obamacare is collapsing.
The Affordable Care Act is achieving record sign-ups. To the extent that it is having difficulties, it’s due to obstructionism on the part of Republicans."
Here is the problem, lying by a federal official is a crime. Any number, if not all of these alleged lies, can be proven with evidence. They are lies.
A President must tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. They may elect not to address certain topics, and that would be committing errors of omission. Such as, not addressing Russian intervention in American elections, not addressing his emolument clause violations, not releasing his tax return.