This is one award Donald Trump is not willing to accept.
The GOP front-runner fired back after being awarded PolitiFact’s 2015 “Lie of the Year” award on Monday.
“PolitiFact is a group that if I said something right down the middle they are always going to be negative,” Trump told ABC after a campaign stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan Monday. “They are leaning in a certain direction, and no matter what you do with them — I mean they are a very dishonest group in my opinion.”
The “independent” fact-checking website stated:
“PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked. No other politician has as many statements rated so far down on the dial.”
In a phone interview with Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, Trump slammed PolitiFact’s award and defended his previous comments about seeing thousands cheering in New Jersey as the World Trade Center came down on September 11.
“There are many articles that say they were in New Jersey,” Trump said. “And there are many articles that say that’s true. And PolitiFact which is by the way is a totally left-wing group. They are bad news as far as checking. You can tell something 100 percent and they can make it out to a lie if you’re a certain person. So PolitiFact didn’t like the idea that I said dancing on rooftops, dancing in the streets. But that’s been confirmed by hundreds of people.”
In fact, one of those people is a BPR staff writer who lives in New Jersey and agreed with Trump when he made the statement in November. The post went viral on social media, backing Trump by saying ” the fact is it happened just like he said.” Read it here.
The candidate has refused to back down from his comments, insisting the fuss is all about the number of people he purported were celebrating. He said he did not want to alter his words to adjust for the number when the real issue was that celebrating was actually going on, according to Fox.
“No, I don’t want to adjust, because I don’t know what the number is,” Trump said. “I know that a lot of people saw it. I bet if you added it all up, it would be a hell of a big number. And all over the world they were dancing and they were celebrating. The only purpose in saying that was that there’s something wrong when you have people that are celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center. And throughout the world, they were celebrating — and nobody even disputes that. But they were also celebrating in New Jersey.”
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