Vote: Lie of the Year 2017

Update: On December 12, the PolitiFact website announced the winner: Coming in with more than 56% of the reader vote, President Donald Trump’s statement, “This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,” won the competition for most significant falsehood of 2017. It is the same falsehood selected by the PolitiFact editorial staff for Lie of the Year.

November 30, 2017

PolitiFact—a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics—soon will announce its Lie of the Year — the most egregious falsehood of 2017, as chosen by the news organization’s editors and reporters

However, the website also is inviting its followers to vote for the Readers’ Choice award.  Voters can use a link to the survey to choose among the following falsehoods for their annual favorite:

That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period.”—(Former) Press Secretary Sean Spicer on January 21, in a press conference

“Barack Obama didn’t do executive orders in the beginning. Host Whoopi Goldberg on January 25, in a segment on ABC’s “The View”

Rex Tillerson wont divest from Exxon.”— Senator Charles Schumer on Jan. 27, in a tweet

“I have not called for impeachment” of President Donald Trump.— Representative Maxine Waters on April 18, in an interview on MSNBC

 Nobody dies because they dont have access to healthcare.— Representative Raul Labrador on May 5, in a town hall event

 This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. Its an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they shouldve won.”— President Donald Trump on May 11, in an interview with NBC News

Every single year that theres an increase (in temperature), its within the margin of error—meaning it isnt increasing.— TV personality Greg Gutfeld on June 2, on Fox News’ “The Five” show

“White nationalist protestors in Charlottesville had a permit. The other group didnt have a permit.— President Donald Trump on August 15, during a question-and-answer session

 The United States ended slavery around the world, and maybe we should get some credit for that, too.—TV commentator Tucker Carlson on August 15, in comments on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”

 Weve got dozens of countries around America that have zero insurers left. —Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on August 21, during a CNN town hall broadcast

Research contact: truthometer@politifact.com

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