Donald Trump’s unhinged press conference saw him defend a white supremacist rally which led to a woman’s death – but he also said something gobsmackingly untrue it’s almost funny.
Along with his claims that the “alt-left” were charging people with bats – and didn’t have the right to be there anyway, because they didn’t have a permit – was an astonishing claim.
Asked why it took so long to condemn white supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis, he said:
“Unlike the media, before I make a statement I like to know the facts.”
Now, aside from this being a terrible reason to think twice before condemning Nazis, it’s also hilariously false, and the President knows it.
Throughout Donald Trump’s life and presidential career, he has persistently and repeatedly peddled falsehoods and made outlandish statements without checking the facts.
And he’s repeatedly been called on it and shrugged it off.
The Mirror marked his first 100 days in office by collecting the 103 distinct false statements he’d made since entering the White House.
But here’s a flavour of just some of the statements Trump has made before checking the facts.
1. Black on white murder statistics
In November 2015, Trump retweeted a grossly inflated figure for the rate at which black people kill white people.
When Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called him out on it, he genuinely said: “Bill, I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert, and it was also a radio show – Hey, Bill, Bill, am I gonna check every statistic?”
2. The terror attack in Sweden
The President told a bizarre campaign rally just four weeks into his presidency: “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden.
“Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
But no terror attack happened in Sweden the previous night.
In fact, at the time the only recent terror incident in Sweden led to the January arrest of three men who targeted a Gothernberg Asylum centre for a homemade bomb attack which seriously injured one man.
The three men were part of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, which openly promotes racist, anti-immigration and anti-Semitic views.
Trump furiously backtracked, admitting he’d got the information from a feature broadcast on Fox News, claiming the Swedish government was trying to cover up an increase in crimes, including rape, brought on by the country’s policy of welcoming refugees.
3. ‘Obama had my wires tapped’
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
This tweet, which is false, turned out to have been inspired by Fox News pundit Andrew Napolitano.
In a press conference shortly afterward, Trump insisted there was nothing to apologise for, and “All we did was quote…a talented lawyer of Fox.”
Fox News admitted there was no evidence to support Napolitano’s claim.
4. ‘I had the biggest electoral victory since Ronald Reagan’
This needs to happen on EVERY lie. It's up to the press to do this EVERY time. Go hard, y'all. On EVERY lie. pic.twitter.com/TGbishcDRj
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 16, 2017
During a press conference in February, Trump said his 306 electoral vote victory was “I guess the biggest electoral win since Ronald Reagan.”
Every president since Ronald Reagan, with the exception of George W Bush, won their elections by a greater margin than Donald Trump.
Confronted with this falsehood, Trump at first said he had been talking about Republicans. But when he was told of George HW Bush’s 426 vote win, he said: “I was just given that information, I was just – given it, we had a very big margin.”
5. The whole Barack Obama birther thing
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
For years, Donald Trump tried to delegitimise Barack Obama’s presidency by claiming, without basis, that he had not been born in the United States.
Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.
He failed to cite any evidence for his claims apart from a “very reliable source” who called into his office.
He eventually admitted on the campaign trail that it was untrue, and Obama was a natural born citizen.
Asked where he got the idea from in the first place in September 2016, he told reporters: “I don’t talk about it anymore. I told you, I don’t talk about it anymore.”