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Trump Wins PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year Award With Whopper About Ukraine Call Whistleblower

Trump Wins PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year Award With Whopper About Ukraine Call Whistleblower

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,'"

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."

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

They also explained that Trump's lie is especially significant because it "proves to be of genuine consequence and undermines an accurate narrative."

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.

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