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This election season has been marked by frequent charges of dishonesty.Similarly, Trump rarely misses an opportunity to refer to Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, without attaching the prefix "Crooked". When she recently delivered a careful speech on foreign policy, Trump responded by calling her a "world-class liar". But, according to PolitiFact, a Pulitzer prize-winning organization that checks the veracity of political statements, 60 percent of the claims by Trump that it investigated since he began his campaign have been deemed false or "Pants on Fire" false, versus 12 percent for Clinton.Franklin D. Roosevelt lied to the American public about a German attack on a U.S. destroyer, in an effort to overcome isolationist resistance to helping Britain before World War II.This is why it is a mistake for cynics to shrug off Trump's rhetoric as simply one of the things politicians do. If PolitiFact and other similar organizations are correct, politicians are not all the same when it comes to lying. Trump has made many more false statements than any of his opponents, and few (if any) could pass the test of not being self-serving.
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