The standard take on politicians is that they all lie. The appeal of Donald Trump, at least to some, is that he “tells it like it is.” Except that Trump is proving to be a bigger liar than any other politician ever to hit the national stage. As of today, Politifact has rated 55 percent of Trump’s statements they reviewed as either “False” or “Pants On Fire.” He keeps getting called out, and he simply goes right back and lies some more.
One of Trump’s most recent lies comes from an interview he did with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly on August 22. During that conversation, the man who would be emperor of America said that a “top” Chicago police officer told him the city’s violence problem could be solved if police were allowed to use “tough” tactics. According to Trump, the officer said that by getting tough, Chicago police could “stop much of this horror show” in the space of a week.
Trump didn’t specify what he meant by “tough” tactics, and even O’Reilly questioned him on it. “You can’t beat them up…you have to have a warrant to arrest them,” O’Reilly observes.
“All I know is this. I went to a top police officer in Chicago, who is not the police chief… I said ‘How do you think you do it?’ He said, ‘Mr. Trump, within one week we could stop much of this horror show.'”
Add this to the list of things Trump has brought up that didn’t actually happen.Chicago police pushed back at the GOP nominee on Tuesday. In a statement, department spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said,
Chicago police pushed back at the GOP nominee on Tuesday. In a statement, department spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said,
“We’ve discredited this claim months ago. No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign.”
Trump’s campaign responded on Tuesday with this emailed comment from spokesperson Hope Hicks:
“He didn’t say in the senior command. Those are your words. Mr. Trump spoke with some talented and dedicated police officers on a prior visit.”
No, Trump never used the words “senior command.” But he left the impression that the opinion he relayed came from someone who is near the top of the police hierarchy. Now his campaign is walking it back with the suggestion that the statement came not from a commander but from a lower-ranked officer, maybe even a cop with very little experience or seniority. And once again, the man who “tells it like it is” has to have one of his statements explained by his staff.
This continues to be a huge problem with Trump. He very often seems to find it necessary to reinforce his ideas by claiming that someone with experience in a particular matter agrees with him. And as we have seen time after time, he’s usually lying. His past rhetoric has made it plain that he sees violence as a solution to many problems, and now he’s trying to create a story that the police say he’s right.
Here’s a report on Trump’s claim, from NBC Chicago:
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