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.

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  • Lori

    Man, election season really brings out the low quality trolls. At least they’re good for a laugh. I actually LOLed at “Ron Paul: The Last Honest Man”.

  • Ross Thompson

    Was Ellie in fact claiming that Obama is lie-free? Or instead challenging people to produce examples of his lies?

    Well she did say:

    I know of no instance in which Obama has lied. Not even one. It’s that pesky thing again about reality having a liberal bias

    I’d say that puts her in the former position, rather than the latter.

  • tj

    now I want to see the lies that obama told for a fair and balanced measure and see how they add up

  • Ross Thompson

    Great. I’ve started the ball rolling, feel free to chime in with more.

    But, for your own sake, be sure your claims are actually correct. It would be embarrassing to be told off for lying about someone else’s lies, wouldn’t it.

  • ticketzor

    I thoroughly enjoyed how you mention the Washington Post in an attempt to give your response credentials, but then  ultimately link to the heritage foundation; undoubtedly the most unreliable source for information on the web. 

  • Mookiewi

    Sorry to burst anyones bubble…..just because it is on the internet doesn’t make it real or truthful…….great “opinions” from a biased party though…know what the biggest lie is???? Obama saying that if he doesn’t turn the economy around that it will be a one term proposition….why is he campaigning then???? The economy has tanked, national debt has multiplied, healthcare costs have gone up, more are unemployed, etc etc. Stop the squatter in the White House… for a new President!!!!

  • Schmo

    It’s a media circus and everything is being misconstrued.  This article
    is so incredibly biased, I can’t take it seriously.  533 lies… actually
    it’s 30, they just claim it was given 533 times, but eludes in the article that
    he said 533 separate and different lies.   Right off the bat telling
    me how incredibly inept they are.  I’m not going to hash each one, but
    here’s the first few listed.

    “1. Romney
    in Iowa on Sunday: “[W]hen the president went around at the beginning of
    his term and apologized for America around the world, it made us just

    He’s lying; the president never
    apologized for America. Romney knows this, but he keeps making the claim


    Listed are actual quotes.  … and I personally remember him visiting
    places in Europe and it was reported on the news and I remember feeling like,
    “Why is he apologizing for us.  He’s the President, he should be sticking
    up for us.”

    2nd in the list:

    “2. Romney on Fox News on Tuesday: “I’ve still got the same positions on the
    issues I had four years ago. My record as governor and my positions are pretty
    darn conservative.”

    That’s not even
    close to being true.”

    Actually it is.  When you click the link “not even close”, it mentions
    his flip flop on abortion… that’s it… really?  How is that not even
    close?  Then it mentions Romneycare and how he thought it was fabulous,
    but with Obamacare says, “saying that President Obama should have called
    him to “ask if this was an experiment, what worked and what didn’t.”
    … how is that not the same position?  Why is that even listed?

    “3. Romney talking about his jobs record
    on Fox News on Tuesday: “[At Bain Capital], we helped create over 100,000 new

    Actually, no,
    he didn’t.”

    Actually, yeah he did.  Click on the “No, he didn’t” link and it does
    list the separate jobs which come to 100,000.  They claim that Romney
    isn’t counting the people that were laid off or fired.  
    Really?  That’s their argument for, “No, he didn’t?”  I’m sorry, but
    I can find article after article where Obama claims that unemployment is
    dropping, when there is proof that it’s because less people are or were filing
    for unemployment.  It’s a tactic all politicians and a lot of business
    people use.

    Anyway, right off the bat, this article/blog tells me it’s biased, liberal,
    crap.  ;-)  … I don’t have the time to keep going through the

    I listened to some of Romney’s speech last night.  Before I was leaning
    towards his side, now I’m fully onboard.  He is definitely what this
    country needs right now.

    If you want to play this game however…

  • Lori


    Before I was leaning towards his side, now I’m fully onboard.  He is definitely what this country needs right now. 

    Which part did you like best? The cheap sentiment and warmed over Capra or the goals masquerading as policies?

  • alwaysthink

    And this is how the fully brainwashed Foxbot sees the world.  Luckily, only about 10% of voters watch the Saudi owned propaganda network.

  • alwaysthink

    “the economy has tanked”? Really, have you seen the Dow Jones Average?  National Debt? created by 2 unpaid for R wars and a give away to Big Pharma and yet President Obama has added the least to that pile of debt of any modern President = FACT.  And finally job growth, the reality is that more private sector jobs have been added during Obama than all 8 years of Bush.

    You are entitleted to your own opinion but you can’t diddle with the facts.

  • Emcee, cubed

    So wait, you’re actually referencing the Heritage Foundation as an example of an unbiased source?


    No, no, seriously – BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHA! 

  • JustoneK

    Lol.  Try harder.

  • Rehtyy

    Most people are far more critical of the political spin made by an opposing party. This list is debatable and the evidence used is often just as circumstantial as the statements they hope to disprove. The claim this article makes is unrepresentative of the strength of its evidence and easily a lie by its own standard. 

  • Indeed. To be honest, the easiest way for Jesus Christ to convince anyone he’s someone to pay attention to would be to actually show the hell up sometime and work some flippin’ miracles.

  • JustoneK


  • Trout

    The number would be less inflated if Romney stopped repeating his lies.

  • qcubed

    Fair enough, now document Obama’s lies so we can compare.

  • TruthandtheAmericanWay

    You know, it appears
    this site is supposed to be one bringing a higher calling of religious integrity
    and it is actually a progressive Unitarian liberal speak site. 

    Mitt you say had 533
    mistakes, errors, mis-speaks, etc…and it clearly appears you guys have created
    a farce of a report under the guise of religious truths.  Seems you are no different than MSNBC, CNN,
    Air America, etc…type venues.

    Currently, we have an
    individual at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a number questionable issues as
    well as unaccounted for documents, where others who served in that position
    made them all available.  I find you’re
    picking on a known leader with integrity and more important superior value sets
    unacceptable and rude. 

    I would rather you just
    come out and say you want to continue supporting  the deficit build occupant who continues his
    seriously questionable adherence to the constitution, the creator of out of
    control salaries while increase government to support his union community
    organizers to get 4-more years, etc….? 
    That would be honest religious reporting!

    A family member sent
    your link of 533 errors, which instead of reading, I suspected there just might
    be something underneath all your wondrous fluff & I was right.  I always enjoy a superior dialog but not with
    a liberal tilting organization that must love giving money for failed
    government projects, continued misuse of taxpayer funds, etc. 

    I find your Patheos pathetic.

  • William Mooney

    Currently, we have an
    individual at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a number questionable issues as
    well as unaccounted for documents, where others who served in that position
    made them all available. 


  • TruthandtheAmericanWay

    If I have to then you are not paying attention at all!!!

  • TruthandtheAmericanWay

    No you cite the achievements of the occupant after you justify the almost $5,000,000,000,000 in deficit this guy created and yes before you blow a stack, the preious guy helped but the current one created the number above by himself, bunky…

  • TruthandtheAmericanWay


  • TruthandtheAmericanWay

    A reply is not worth me diddle one to you other than this one…

  • Ross Thompson

    President Obama has added the least to that pile of debt of any modern President = FACT.

    Only if you define “modern” as “among the most recent two”. Clinton left office with a budget surplus and was actively paying down the debt at a massive rate.

  • dovahkiin

    i lol’d.

  • “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?”

    Joseph Goebbels had a pretty good idea what happens.

  •  “others who served in that position made them all available.”

    You mean like records of Cheney and Bush’s secret meetings with oil industry executives?  Do share them with us, now that they’re available!

  •  [crickets]

  • So did Ronald Reagan.

  •  “I remember feeling like, “Why is he apologizing for us.  He’s the President, he should be sticking up for us.”

    Well then, that settles it: he did apologize!  Please provide a list of other lies, and the feelings that prove them.

  •  When Obama says “We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been
    perfect”  [exact quote],  the wingnuts think it’s a lie.

  • To be fair, this is only showing Romney’s flaws.  I’m not saying the President would stack up quite poorly, but it would be nice to see it from both sides; meaning, someone else chronicling the President’s speeches as well.

  • Carstonio

    “Sticking up” sounds too much like an honor-culture concept.

  • The article counts as a lie the statement that Bain helped create 100,000 jobs.  then goes on to actually VERIFY THIS in the refutation!  Their “out” is that he didn’t create a NET 100,000 jobs because some jobs were lost in companies as well as created.  But of course, the NoBama administration uses the EXACT same logic when it says it has created 4,000,000 jobs….ignoring the record number of people OUT OF WORK still.  Just another example of liberal double speak. Now the first 2 “lies” have issues… do a STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE of the others. In other words, this article is crap.

  • I find your Patheos pathetic.
    Yet you continue to read and post here.  It must not be so pathetic that it holds your interest, huh?  The truth does hurt, doesn’t it?

  • the difference is conservatives believe in American exceptionalism.  It is what separates us, and our friends, from the life that liberals all want us to lead….”you have what I want…gimme so I don’t have to work for it too”

  • Using The Heritage Foundation as a source for your “information” is sort of like The Heritage Foundation Asking Fox News for it’s sources.  They all lean the same way, the wrong way, which is leading this nation off a cliff.  If you are stupid enough to buy into their propaganda, so be it.  If you want real news, get it from MULTIPLE SOURCES.

  • But it’s ok to use racism and xenophobia to distract people from noticing that the leaders they elected in 2008 care only about their own power and fundamentally transforming our society into Europe-West, complete with unpaid bills and ever eroding freedoms.

  • Loki100

    You do not live in reality. I would be hard pressed to find a single true statement in all this.

    the creator of out of
    control salaries while increase government

    Obama instituted a federal pay freeze, and has actually shrunk the government, liar.

  • SlimShanty

     exceptionally greedy, exceptionally ignorant, exceptionally divorced from reality.

  • SlimShanty

     fucking false equivalency.  get a job.

  • Madhabmatics

    The sheer number of people who read this blog so they can get a heretic-hating boner towards its author and audience continues to astound me.

  • AnonymousSam

    Is that the impression you have of liberals? Here, let me introduce you to one. Hello, my name is Sam. At the worst height of my depression (both emotionally and economically), I was working 18 hours a day, from 6 AM to 12 midnight, five days a week, for a total of $25 a day. This isn’t because I had some cushy job that let me put my feet up and twiddle my thumbs and surf the Internet all day, it was intense labor that required constant attention and which was constantly checked over by others (too many errors would result in less or no payment at all).

    This job didn’t have benefits. It had no retirement package. It didn’t even count me as a real employee, and if I made more than a certain amount in a year, I’d have to pay in taxes and get nothing back.

    So, this lazy liberal scum worked 90 hours a week for $125 for about two years. I have no idea how much my employers were making for every project I turned in, but I do know that our cheap labor allowed them to monopolize the industry.

    Now I submit to you one simple idea: rather than wanting everything that everyone else has without working for it, maybe, just maybe, I simply want what I worked for before the strain of sunrise-to-sunset working on pennies an hour resulted in the serious health issues I have today.

    Or is it asking too much of you to consider thinking of liberals as people?

  • AnonymousSam

     That does seem to be a recurring theme with conservatives, doesn’t it? “This is evil, disgusting filth which is destroying our society and degrading our morals and perverting our children, and I like it very much on Tuesdays.”

  • ZPT205

     “The only mistake R-Money made”

    Speaking of fact-checking…

  • TruthandtheAmericanWay

    Loki100, the truth is
    spoken in my piece and is clearly based on facts from credible sources, not
    your bunkey feeling MSNBC Rachel Mad-cow types, etc…  Freeze no, they are making more (at almost
    all levels they are so far ahead of the private sector norm) and it is discussing
    and unacceptable as the return on investment purely sucks plus the payroll has
    increased by at least 80,000+ it is a matter of public record bunkey!!!  Plus you have proven that my premise total correct;
    this is a pathetic Patheos liberal site!!!  Just a note, just found this site today and it has been full debunking all you loser libs.

    Civic lesson, to start
    with by dramatically reducing all governments state, federal & local;
    follow the tenants of the constitution to the letter of the law; require proof you
    are a citizen prior to voting; stop creating feel good freebie programs to
    achieve votes (liberal move); make all elective offices part time just like the
    old days.  These days the game is to see
    who can create a longer resume by wasting taxpayer dollars to achieve a single
    vote and to call each other by their title, chair, etc… Crap stuff & a
    great deal of waste bunkey.  The more
    they are at work the worst it gets and 99% of what they have created is pure BS
    and those charged to regulate it does with only one purpose in mind, how do I
    keep my job for life, not for practical professional ethical reasons using
    creative skills, nope number one goal of so many liberal politicians &
    academia types (because they cannot get a job in the private sector they become
    bureaucrats or professors or better yet an MSNBC talking head) is living off
    the taxpayer’s dime at the same time driving them nuts with BS regulation
    crap…..Also, government has not created anything, other than the military
    (which gets beat up daily) that has been successful.  Enough said.

  • TruthandtheAmericanWay

    It is so easy to and you also have validated my premise of pathetic.  Not me I am having fun jerking you guys for your narrow minded clouded thinking process.  Are you a professor or a government worker????

  • TruthandtheAmericanWay : Shame on you.

  • Loki100

    Darling, you are a liar. That’s what you are. You are an immoral, dishonest hack. 

    That disproves this lie:

    Freeze no, they are making more

    And as for this…

    he payroll has
    increased by at least 80,000+ it is a matter of public record bunkey! 

    That 80,000 barely counts as an increase, proportionally, and it is still hundreds of thousands lower than the government under Reagan. And that isn’t an actual increase in government size, merely government employment.

    So, once more you are a liar. You are a disgusting, immoral liar. Everything you say is some form of lying.

  • Duncan Fowler

    I thought I was looking at a list of the upcoming superbowls. Not the weeks of endless lieing.