The hens on The View got their chance to peck at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday morning, and they naturally turned to criticizing, who else, President Trump.
Severely misquoting a June 2016 Politifact report claiming that 95 out of 158 Trump claims they analyzed were either “false” or “pants on fire,” View host Joy Behar asked: “The media’s not supposed to report on the fact that 95 percent of what he says is a lie?”
“The problem with that, Joy,” said Sanders, “is that you are doing exactly what we are talking about and pushing a false narrative. 95 percent of what the president says is not a lie.”
Which is entirely true, even if you account for Politifact’s obviously skewed numbers. Even including the “mostly false” ratings, the percentage would be 78 percent. High, yes, but nowhere close to what Behar is claiming.
Further, many Trump statements these ‘truth detectors’ evaluate are obvious hyperbole and/or ‘Trumpian’ exaggerations more meant to convey an idea or vision than to be taken ‘word for word’ literally. For example “We’re the highest taxed nation in the world” is a statement evaluated many times because one can always point to other nations that may be taxed higher in one regard or another, but likely Trump is just trying, in his brash, New York manner, to get across the point that America’s taxes are too damn high.
We get it, but the nitpickers never do.
“I feel sorry for you, that you have to go out and defend those lies every day,” said Behar, repeating the false 5 percent claim.”
“Again, I completely disagree with what the fact that what you’re saying is only 5 percent is true,” Sanders shot back. “It’s simply not accurate, and I think one of the dangers that we have right now is we are pushing so many false narratives every day. We’re creating false perceptions about the president and frankly inhibiting his ability to succeed. I think America should want him to succeed. He is the president whether they voted him or not, and I think that we have to get behind him. We should be championing for his success because his success is America’s success.”
— The View (@TheView) September 6, 2017
At that point, Whoopi Goldberg interjected with the suggestion of getting “somebody in the office who recognizes what the truth is,” referring to the ‘birther’ issue.
You’ll get your chance in 2020, Whoopi.
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