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President Donald Trump is why people don’t trust politicians, says the man once responsible for PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year.”

“We have gone through a presidency that disregarded a whole host of basic institutional norms, expectations we had for a president that had been observed by Republicans and Democrats previously,” former President Barack Obama told CBS News’ Scott Pelley on “60 Minutes.”

“And maybe most importantly, and most disconcertingly, what we’ve seen is what some people call truth decay, something that’s been accelerated by outgoing President Trump, the sense that not only do we not have to tell the truth, but the truth doesn’t even matter,” said Obama.

Obama’s claim that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” under Obamacare was named “Lie of the Year” in 2013 by the political “fact-checking” site PolitiFact.

For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,’ the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice.

As PolitiFact explained:

For four of the past five years, PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year has revolved around the health care law, which has been subject to more erroneous attacks than any other piece of legislation PolitiFact has fact-checked.

Obama’s ideas on health care were first offered as general outlines then grew into specific legislation over the course of his presidency. Yet Obama never adjusted his rhetoric to give people a more accurate sense of the law’s real-world repercussions, even as fact-checkers flagged his statements as exaggerated at best.

Instead, he fought back against inaccurate attacks with his own oversimplifications, which he repeated even as it became clear his promise was too sweeping.

And while Obama claims it is Trump who introduced “truth decay” to the presidency, at the time PolitiFact noted nearly half of Americans viewed Obama as dishonest, writing:

A Pew Research/USA Today poll conducted Dec. 3-8 found the percentage of people viewing Obama as “not trustworthy” has risen 15 points over the course of the year, from 30 percent to 45 percent.

Political prognosticator Larry Sabato told USA Today that Obama had his work cut out for him if he wanted to rebuild public trust.

“A whole series of presidents developed credibility gaps, because people didn’t trust what they were saying anymore. And that’s Obama’s real problem,” he said. “Once you lose the trust of a substantial part of the American public, how do you get it back?”

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com.

Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Linda
Linda
5 months ago

The only list here is BHO. Lie is all he did in his 8 years in office and he has done nothing but lie about President Trump the last four years. Obama has done nothing but down America and lie. What a sorry excuse of a human being.

Rastus
Rastus
5 months ago
Reply to  Linda

I wish he would have tried exporting him self to Kenya where he truly belongs.

Jim
Jim
5 months ago
Reply to  Rastus

Deporting, yes.

tracker1
tracker1
5 months ago
Reply to  Linda

The only lies of the last 4 years have been perpetrated on the American people by Democrats: Their lie about Trump/Russia collusion, their lies about Covid19, their lies about the Trump economy, and their blatant lies bout their surrender to one world govt.

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  tracker1

Obumme is a lying deceiving B—-turd. He’s just as bad as shifty lying Shift and that is bad.

romeo
romeo
5 months ago

Obama he got some case of lying but it will catch up with him the TRUTH always comes out his darker days are ahead

Rastus
Rastus
5 months ago
Reply to  romeo

The way our country is going I am afraid the truth about him will be long buried.

waltk
waltk
5 months ago
Reply to  romeo

God will judge him and all the other disgusting, disgraceful, lying, hypocritical DemocRAT politicians!! (and election officials in blue states)

charlie
charlie
5 months ago

Democrat “empty suit” ObamaCrappo:

You can keep your present health insurance, if you like……

You can keep your doctor if you like.

Rastus
Rastus
5 months ago
Reply to  charlie

He has to be in the Guinness book for having a plane transport over $ 1 billion in cash.

old man coyote
old man coyote
5 months ago
Reply to  charlie

If they’ve truly won the country why can’t they just shut the f*** up and get on with “fundamentally transforming America” as he said in 2008?