Did CNN Finally Call Out Donald Trump For Lying?

Sameera Ehteram
Donald Trump claims he “may be truthful to a fault.” Many would disagree. CNN sure put its foot down when they fact checked him on live TV.

CNN couldn’t take it anymore. It has been one time too many that Donald Trump has said something then entirely denied it.

So this is what happened:

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Donald Trump on Wednesday night charged Hillary Clinton was misrepresenting his position by saying he wants nuclear arms for Japan — but the presumptive Republican nominee previously has said exactly that.

At a rally in Sacramento, Trump called out Clinton saying she "made a speech, she's making another one tomorrow, and they sent me a copy of the speech. And it was such lies about my foreign policy that they said I want Japan to get nuclear weapons. Give me a break."

However, not long ago he told Chris Wallace on Fox News, "It's not like, gee whiz, nobody has them. So, North Korea has nukes. Japan has a problem with that. I mean, they have a big problem with that. Maybe they would in fact be better off if they defend themselves from North Korea."

"Including with nukes, yes, including with nukes," he added.  

He told CNN's Anderson Cooper that it was time to reconsider the United States' decades-old policy of not allowing Japan to arm itself with nuclear weapons.

Most of his statements are up in the air with no fact checks. He often boasts and makes claims that either fall flat or are outright lies.

For instance he claimed that Wisconsin’s effective unemployment rate is 20%, saying, "What? Is it 20 percent? Effective or regular? I mean just — effective unemployment rate, 20 percent. Hey, this is out of the big book."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U-3 official unemployment rate in Wisconsin was 4.6 percent in 2015; Wisconsin’s U-6 rate for 2015 was 8.3 percent.

Then there was the time when he lambasted U.S.-Japan trade, “We have a trade deficit with Japan of over $100 billion a year.” The trade deficit with Japan in 2015 was about $69 billion.

He hates Muslims, there’s no doubt about it. He also wants them out of America. But even then his rabid claim of American Muslims celebrating 9/11 by the thousands was unbelievable.

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“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” Trump recently claimed. “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”

Many would remember his false claim about the Obama administration is bringing a quarter-million Syrians into the country.

“Our president wants to take in 250,000 from Syria … Think of it, 250,000 people. And we all have heart, and we all want people taken care of and all of that, but with the problems our country has, to take in 250,000 people — some of whom are going to have problems, big problems — is just insane.”

It’s about time media and people start taking Donald Trump to task over his careless claims and blatant lies.

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