Mitt Romney tells 533 lies in 30 weeks, Steve Benen documents them

I’ve written about or linked to a great deal here “chronicling Mitt’s mendacity” — to borrow Steven Benen’s phrase.

Mitt Romney says many, many things that are not true. He says this despite being in possession of the correct facts of the matter.

Which is to say that Mitt Romney lies. A lot. He lies more than any other national candidate for office in my lifetime. And I was born before the Nixon administration.

This is documented. Proven. Validated, verified, demonstrated, catalogued and quantified. Mitt Romney lies.

Here are 30 — 30! — of Benen’s weekly “chronicling” posts. These are all backed up and sourced. These are not assertions, interpretations or allegations. These are facts, actual instances.

Over the past 30 weeks, Mitt Romney has told lie after lie after lie: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXX.

Click those links. Read the lists. List after list of lie after lie. Hundreds of them — 533, to be exact, although Benen does not make any claim to providing a comprehensive chronicle.

This is unprecedented. “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Romney’s pollster, Neil Newhouse, said.

This has produced what James Fallows calls the “post-truth” age — a relentlessly dishonest onslaught of brazen falsehoods with which the media and the political system are struggling to cope. What do you do when every article, every “fact-check,” every arbiter denounces a lie and corrects it, but then a politician just keeps repeating it?

It’s remarkable to behold.

One of the weirder aspects of this for me is watching this unfold in the politically conservative culture of my evangelical world. The most partisan evangelical conservatives are also those most likely to rant against “relativism” and to trumpet their status as defenders of “absolute truth.” Those same folks will dismiss this post — and all 30 of Benen’s posts above — as mere partisan attacks without ever bothering to examine the 533 factual instances of Mitt’s mendacity, chronicled.

That’s the only cognitive defense they have, I guess. Jam fingers in ears and shout la-la-la-you’re-being-partisan!

Because, you see, the fact that Mitt Romney said something he knew to be false is a partisan fact. And the fact that he has done this at least 533 times in the past 30 weeks is also partisan.

I suppose the other approach for Romney defenders who cannot bear to face the fact of those 533 facts will be to angrily pore over all of Benen’s lists, reading each one with a lawyerly eye.

Have at it. Please. Cherry-pick. Spin. Split hairs. Hand-wave away whichever lies you wish as mere misdemeanors and not full-fledged felonies against honesty.

But how many of those charges do you think you can get dismissed? 10 percent? 20 percent? Maybe, if you’re that sort of person and you work really hard at it — if you’re willing to get even more pedantic and semantic and technical than even you are usually comfortable with — maybe you could half convince yourself that 50 percent of those lies somehow shouldn’t really count against Romney.

That still leaves more than 260 lies. That still leaves Mitt Romney as a convicted liar, 260 times over. And at that point you’ll have to join your friends with their fingers in their ears.

But you’ll still know.

Because everyone knows. Mitt Romney lies. A lot. That is what he does. That is who he is. And friend or foe, he does not care if you know it.

  • EllieMurasaki

    As one example, the author accused Romney of lying for saying that Obama wants American to be a “European-style welfare state”. If the author disagrees that this is what Obama is trying to do, that is just a difference of opinion. It is not a lie.

    Where’s your evidence that Obama wants the US to be a “European-style welfare state”? This is a question of fact, not of opinion; one can hold the opinion that grass is mauve all one likes but that doesn’t make it true. If you can’t produce any evidence, then we do rather have to assume that when Romney said it, he was lying.

  • PithyOpiner

    Yes…it is. Your post just goes to show Dr Savage is correct when he states Liberalism is a mental disease.

  • AnonymousSam

    It’s a mental disease that conditions which conservative Republicans favor forced me to work to the point of debilitating physical ailments just to survive?

  • Crazyn8dogg

    Fuck politicians, obama tried, but this country died. Long ago. So fuck that shit, now hit this spliff. I got no beef with peeps, I just wanna chill, so smoke this blunt, until ur ill, if u dont, maybe your mormon, dont freak out like a stormin norman. Hit a bowl, take a seat, this is the only way things will change, put up ur feet, hang up your coat, no one go to work, this whole nation on strike, we can unseat these jerk, there fake ass sheep with shark smerks. Thats right, look at the word politics shall we? Poli means many, tics are blood sucking parasites, am I offending anybody? Good. I hope so, but nothing could be as sad or badly, as noone doing nothing, but continuing on this maddening, bullshit happening, open your eyes, evolve, science proves that god exists, I am one who sees it, so im standing with my fist, as for romney, heres my balls, now suck that shit! :) fuck romney and the beauracratic system, I believe in equality, small business and the american dream to live peacefully and happily as part of a self sustained america. Lets go back to helping eachother build memories of pride to last forever.

  • Dar Kur

    First, in order to make your point, you say you didn’t view any other lies.  You entered a criticism in bold.  However, I don’t believe for a second that you didn’t look at the other lies Romney has told.  And acknowledgement of the wrongs and transgressions of the previous administration (of which there were many) is not an Apology of AMERICA–it’s far from factual and is a complete defamation. 
    So, if the first entry is typical of the other 532 lies on the list, then it is indeed a rather scathing account of an arrogant liar bullying his way through a disingenuous campaign.

  • SoThere

    Obama never lies, he has people to do that for him.  Where are the Obama lies?

    Nice Obama cult post.

  • PJ Evans

     Thank you for your opinion on a completely different post.

  • Rudedogy

    Can’t wait for the debates. It’s going to be better than any SNL.

  • WestVaCoalMiner

    If Obama’s lips are moving he is not telling the truth.

    So lets see, that is over 3 Billion Lies an counting…..

  • AnonymousSam

    So I take it you’re not one of the miners who forced to attend a Romney rally whether you wanted to or not?

  • P J Evans

     And the miners didn’t get paid for having to be there, either. Seems to me they should have a good legal complaint against the owner.

  • P J Evans

     Whereas it’s clear to more than 50 percent of the voters that Romney doesn’t know what truth is, and his running-mate just simply lies, even in small, unimportant things.

  • Lori
  • Lori

    But they weren’t forced. They were told that it was mandatory, but no one made them go. If they really didn’t want to attend the rally and act as campaign props for a man who holds workers in open contempt they could simply have quit their jobs or been fired. They had a choice.

  • EllieMurasaki

    But they weren’t forced. They were told that it was mandatory, but no one made them go. If they really didn’t want to attend the rally and act as campaign props for a man who holds workers in open contempt they could simply have quit their jobs or been fired. They had a choice.

    Is coercion not force? Or not when it’s applied by an employer to employees?

  • Lori

    Yes, at least in the reality based community. In the offices of Murray Energy, apparently not so much. Or so they’d like us to believe.

    Murray closed the mine the day of the rally, saying it was necessary for security and safety, then docked miners their pay for those hours. Asked by WWVA radio’s Blomquist about the allegations, Murray Chief Operating Officer Robert Moore said, somewhat confusingly, “Attendance was mandatory but no one was forced to attend the event.” 

    IOW, I was being hella snarky and forgot to use the old sarcasm font.

  • Hawker40

    Since there was no threat of violence, no one was *forced* to go, I guess…

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

    Heck, why stop there? If we’re defining forced that narrowly, even the threat of violence need not qualify. I mean, even if I’m threatened with violence, I still have a choice… I can do it, or I can suffer violence.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZRL4Z6FQQLKSKTZFVG7ORM3ZW4 Frank

    Looks like a lot of these “lies” are as “seen through a Democrats” eyes. If you ask a Republican, they’ll say they are truths. So who’s right and who’s wrong? I guess the guy writing the article is right(here) only because he wrote the article. That doesn’t make it “fact”.  You play by the rules of whoever owns the ball. In this case, it’s the writer. I can write the same article only making one change. Mitt Romney tells 533 truths. And I can substantiate it. Democrats do love Unions. They may very well want to take my guns away, But they can’t. You get the idea. So don’t get your panties in a bunch, boys, just because somebody wrote an article. That’s where the Republican vs Democrat breaks down. You can’t separate the lies from the truths in most cases because both sides are lying, and both sides tell the truth)on occasion). They’ll say whatever suits their needs. How do you think Obama got elected in 2008? A whole bunch of lies(can be substantiated, just look at cutting the deficit in half my first term and Immigration Reform as 2 examples). That’s Politics, my friends. The better liar and story teller usually wins.

  • Cvelajr

    A request was made for “3 lies that Obama made” Here is a list, organized by year, to help you sort through the morass : http://obamalies.net/list-of-lies

  • LisaI68

     I have four kids. None of them has a birth certificate on which a “functionary in the hospital” looked up the birthplace of my husband or myself. In all four cases, *I* wrote down our birthplaces on the form. My mom says it was done the same way when we were born (including my brother, who was born in 1963, not long before President Obama). The formal name, or what was in the encyclopedia, has nothing to do with what appeared on the birth certificate! If his mother or father wrote down “Kenya” as his father’s birthplace, then “Kenya” would have appeared on the forms. (The anonymous “functionary” – more likely in the government than the hospital – may have looked up a place he/she had never heard of, but there’s no reason to assume they’d never heard of Kenya.)  Your entire argument is based on the flawed assumption that an “anonymous functionary” named President Obama’s father’s birthplace in the first place.

  • LisaI68

     “Why would his father’s birtplace be typed as “Kenya” and not the “Kenya Colony” or the “Kenya Protectorate”. ”

    Probably because either Obama’s mother, or his father, entered the father’s birthplace as Kenya.  Is that really so hard for you to understand? You keep talking about a source book, but the information about the birthplace of a baby’s parents come from the *parents*. No functionary looked up where I was born in a “source book”when the completed a birth certificate for one of my children. They looked up my birthplace – and that of my husband – on the form that *I* filled out!

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Hell, the person typing it up probably just took it verbally and maybe checked the spelling afterwards, but people like that probably aren’t nitpickily fussy about how the write down country names, especially long-ass ones. Who wants to spend all that time squeezing it on with a manual typewriter when at the time, Barack Obama was just another of many babies born that day?

  • EllieMurasaki

    Not to mention that ‘Kenya’ is perfectly adequate in itself to identify that part of Africa at any time after, what was it, 1920?, rather as ‘Massachusetts’ and ‘Pennsylvania’ and ‘Kentucky’ and ‘Virginia’ are perfectly adequate in themselves to describe the respective parts of North America, and there’d be as much need to say ‘Kenya Colony’ in full as to say ‘Commonwealth of Whichever’ in full. Which is to say, on documents issued by that government and really nowhere else.

  • P J Evans

    Having a copy of mine in front of me, it’s typed except for three signatures, and my mother signed it as the informant. I really doubt that the hospital would have checked on the information provided.

  • P J Evans

     You know, you really need to spend some time looking at reality.
    There’s this party called Republicans, and the members of it in Congress said, right out, before Obama was inaugurated, that they had no intention of cooperating with him, and intended to make things so difficult for him that he’d be a one-term president.
    That’s truth.
    Romney lies. He lies more (and much worse) than Obama.

  • Hatmail

    Pass that blunt please ; )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1110224902 Stuart Long

    The research and fact checking is pure propaganda. The
    statements Mitt Romney makes are ordinary ones that are being twisted and
    contorted into lies. Because speaking in a way that leaves no room for
    interpretation is almost impossible, and your researchers are implying that
    every statement he makes is false. For example, if Mitt Romney said “I am
    starving and can’t wait to get something to eat” your researchers and fact
    checkers would conclude 1. Mitt Romney claims to be dying from an extreme lack
    of food, and 2. that he has become impatient and will no longer wait for any
    meal to be prepared and served to him. Then, the moment he consumes food, he is
    a filthy liar, one million Pinocchios, and a closet full of pants on fire. The manure
    is really being shoveled by this research project. 
     

  • winniepooh123

    Romney is a born liar! How can you believe anything he says. Good luck to the Republicans!

  • Mamaloni

    Wellll, lying is how Obama for elected in the 1st place. He’s also broken ALL his promises, except for pushing thru Obamacare & shoving it down everyone’s throats, even if we (the majority) didn’t want it! Not to mention that it’s unconstitutional! Helllooo people, all politicians lie, all the time! So, why is it such a big deal this time around! Romney may be considered a Liberal Republican, but I’d rather have that then a Socialist Democrate, like Obama! @least Romney us the lesser of 2 evils! Vote for Romney! ;)

  • Play Righter

     Romney actually said he likes to fire people who don’t provide the service they were hired to perform.  Either proactively or retroactively, this is something we all do on a regular basis.  Ever decide not to re-patronize a restaurant?  Ever decide not to go on another date with someone?  Ever change your phone or cable service?  You like to fire people who don’t provide the service you wanted.  That’s the American way….

  • Larysa

    There is a premise with a debate… You have to be committed to a point of view. Romney’s strategy was contradiction and denial with rude attacks sprinkled in. How do you debate someone who can deny anything and everything. You can’t. Romney doesn’t own anything he ever said.

  • james

    These are some things that I watch out for ;
    Firemen that set fires, Doctors that causes harm, Mothers that don’t like children and fathers who don’t care for there own. 
    Most of all I watch out for people that will do harm to someone who is out numbered, like cutting off the hair of a man that is hail down by others , then justify the act like we’re all fools to be toy with. 

  • james

    Can anyone truly believe that there love ones will be in batter hands with Mitt ? I believe that Obama is doing the best that anyone could be doing just like Bill said. This is check your heart time, what kind of person I’m , will I put my child in the hands of a lying rich business man that has made his millions by firing the father and mothers of this great nation or will I keep my children in the hands of  the President who is bring us out of the trouble that lying rich business men has gotten us into . This isn’t about if I like Obama this is if I care enough for my children to do the right thing for them. 

  • signalfire1

    There’s a tape out there of people who worked with Romney when he was governor; they said he ‘didn’t want to do the job after he got it’ and had a ‘closed door, don’t bother me, can’t be bothered to have meetings with people’  policy. 

    Somehow, I can very easily see that as being true.   

  • Earl Gray

    Sounds like Sarah Palin and being Governor of Alaska…  When she got there, she decided the job was to hard and quit half way through one term, but of course kept the title….

  • P J Evans

    There are people pointing out that when Romney was governor, during the time he says he was reaching out across the aisle, he made state legislators stop using one elevator so it was only for him; he didn’t respond to requests for meetings with the legislature, either. So if he’s claiming he’s going to work with anyone, don’t believe him.

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    Judging by Romney’s treatment of Jim Lehrer during the debate, he’s not done much growing up from the middle-school bully he used to be.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    This thread is why Patheos’ new strategy of showing “most popular posts” on the right sidebar in place of “most recent posts” sucks.

  • guest

    arguing with a conservative (in the new sense of the term which is synonomous with radical and unlike the traditional meaning of conservative politics) is like playing chess with a pigeon.  no matter how good a chess player you are, the pigeon is still going to knock over all the pieces, shit on the board, and then strut around triumphantly.

  • GScott

    I think this page is absolutly bais that you do not have the same thing for OBAMA. We all know that two people can hear the same thing and have two different ideas of what was meant. Nothing here is TRULY FACT check with sources and again it appears this whole Patheos web site is very very bias. My first time here and certainly would never consider this credible. You copy MSNBC articles and things that you know are bias and not true and have been fact checked to be UNTRUE yet you do not keep up and change. It is sad that this web site is no better than THINK PROGRESS which has 3Million investment by GEORGE SOROS who is wanted in several countries and OBAMAS buddie. You are a VERY VERY LIBRAL site and extreme to the other side. You obviously have an agenda and want Obama re-elected or you would have both side by side and do not. First and last visit here and give you no respect at all.

  • P J Evans

    Romney lies. He says A today and Not-A tomorrow (or even later today). He denies he said A. He says, later, he didn’t mean to say A.
    He doesn’t even know how much money PBS gets – it’s about $400 million a year, which is something like 1/100 of 1 percent of the federal budget.
    Why do you trust him on ANYTHING?

  • EllieMurasaki

    Because GEORGE SOROS is spending money to support Obama and that clearly makes Obama an illegitimate President! No true President would rely on big-money donors rather than on small donations and grassroots efforts!
    Koch brothers? Nope, never heard of them.

  • http://twitter.com/HelenKistler Helen Kistler

    Have you actually followed those claims back to their original sources?

  • yanquetino

    I’ve also read those remarks by Obama, and do not interpret them as “apologies.” I see them as a recognition that the U.S. has made mistakes in the past. Surely you’re not saying that it hasn’t made those mistakes…?! It has. Believe me. And I consider it only honest and ethical to admit them to the countries affected by those mistakes.

    Does that constitute an “apology”? No, it  does not. For example, it was a grevious mistake for the U.S. to support slavery for many decades after its declaration that “all men are created equal.” Do you and I need to apologize for that? No, we have never owned slaves. We can therefore admit that it was a hypocritical mistake in the past, but I think that you would balk if someone were to claim that you were “apologizing” for it by acknowledging that error. There is a difference.

    Would Mitt Romney not openly admit this nation’s mistakes in the past, as if the U.S. can “do-no-wrong”? Then most certainly he should not lead this country. We need a leader who can face the truth –even when it is painful to admit.

  • http://www.ashmenon.com/ Ash Menon

    I’m personally more on the Obama side, but you just earned a slow clap from me on that. Also, my cat is annoyed at you for said slow clap.

  • Phil Schipsi

     I would expect that those who are attempting to convince me of 533 lies, would start out with the most strident.  In any case, the only lies I found, out of the sampling I did, were authored by the accusers.

  • EllieMurasaki

    They’re in chronological order by when he told them, dipshit.

  • http://twitter.com/pvandck Peter Vintner

    You’re right, it is a lie, but actually Romney is guilty of a strawman argument here. He has claimed he wouldn’t do something that you are supposed to infer Obama has done, but actually hasn’t. Romney has raised a false (or strawman) spectre and pretended to deal with it, thereby morally elevating himself against a fictitious low standard.

    Mitt Romney is a vile, scheming creature. Duplicitous in the extreme. His chronic lying is testament to his lack of integrity generally. No-one in business would knowingly employ a confirmed chronic liar in a decision-making position (unless lying were a strategic skill, like Josef Goebbels for example), so why on earth would any sane or rational person vote him into the highest office in the land. The man has an incontrovertible history of lying to get what he wants. He’s probably the most untrustworthy person in US politics – which is saying something.
    It speaks to the lowest standards of integrity of the voting public that anyone should even consider voting for him. And justifications for his mendacity are simply infantile.

  • apasserby

    Sure, blame it on Obama, even though he has nothing to do with the Romney lies. Denial is a safe place to be, isn’t it? Find an excuse (and a lame one at that) and judge everything else based on it. The fact is that Romney is a lying sack of deep-fried rat-guano. He is a pro-choice when talking to pro-choice crowds. He is anti-choice when talking to anti-choice crowds. He is pro-gun control when talking to the left and anto-gun control when talking to the right. He despises 47% of the nation, unless of course he’s talking to them. He is for his $4.8 trillion tax-cut, unless of course he is talking to the nation. He is like a $20 prostitute - he figures out what you want to hear and tells it to you. Then, his campaign fact checks him and claims he never meant what he said. It is amazing that people don’t see through his lying, multi-faced persona. He is barely fit as a used car salesman and you are grasping at straws trying to justify his lies.


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