Every year, Politifact, a nonprofit political fact checking site, crowns their "Lie of the Year" to the largest and most egregious lie told by a politician.
This year, as many expected, the honor went to a repeated claim by President Donald Trump.
And it couldn't come at a more relevant time.
The 2019 Lie of the Year: "Donald Trump's claim whistleblower got Ukraine call 'almost completely wrong'"
On September 26, the whistleblower complaint alleging President Trump abused his power by demanding Ukrainian interference in the 2020 elections in exchange for military aid was released.
Since then, according to Politifact, Trump has claimed over "80 times" that the report is "fake, fraudulent, incorrect, 'total fiction,' 'made up' and 'sooo wrong,'"
The protection of whistleblowers is an imperative that goes back to the earliest days of the Republic. It has been… https://t.co/6jQNArgdDi— Jeff Tuttle (@Jeff Tuttle)1576603417.0
Politifact determined that the opposite is, in fact, true.
Katie Sanders, the site's managing editor, wrote that the whisteblower's complaint is "almost completely right."
"We know this from the very record of the call the president released. We know this from testimony under oath from career diplomats and other officials."
"And the President and his allies have told reporters that Trump did what the whistleblower suggested — urged the Ukrainian president to investigate political rival Joe Biden."
Best, greatest liar ever, possibly ever in the history of presidents, certainly in many, many years. probably bigge… https://t.co/zonoK3rF4R— Peppe V (@Peppe V)1576603422.0
In a video released alongside the article, Politifact explained that the "Lie of the Year" is the only time the site uses the word "lie" and is reserved for the "most significant falsehood of the calendar year."
ANNOUNCING: PolitiFact's 2019 Lie of the Year youtu.be
They also explained that Trump's lie is especially significant because it "proves to be of genuine consequence and undermines an accurate narrative."
Not a falsehood, not a misstatement, not an error, not misleading. @realDonaldTrump is a LIAR. https://t.co/bbFLkWvL7T— Kay Kendall (@Kay Kendall)1576606070.0
@HuffPost Well deserved, @realDonaldTrump . Who says Trump doesn't work hard? Over 15,000 lies/misstatements in off… https://t.co/N6tA3vgUdl— M. AR Sanders (@M. AR Sanders)1576605124.0
PolitiFact called Trump's claim "more than ridiculous and wrong." https://t.co/m9n39tH9wj— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1576542360.0
Trump is the only person in the site's history to win "Lie of the Year" more than once.
Previous winners include President Barack Obama, Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and collective lies from both political parties.