The other day, Trump told what was perhaps his most ridiculous lie ever (and imagine the competition for that title) when he said that former presidents had told him that they wished they had built a border wall. No thinking person could possibly have believed him, and now all four living ex-presidents have officially denied telling him that.
“This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me,” Trump said. “And they all know it. Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”
The president has made 7,600 false or misleading statements since he became president, and some have proved more difficult than others to fact-check. This one was not. There are only four living ex-presidents. The Washington Post reached out to them to see whether they ever told Trump that a border wall should have been built before he was in office: All said they hadn’t. A spokesman for George H.W. Bush declined to comment.
And we know that Bush 41 was decidedly pro-immigration. Indeed, it was a competition of sorts during the 1980 presidential election between him and Ronald Reagan to see who was the most pro-immigration. He signed Ted Kennedy’s Immigration Act of 1990, which liberalized our immigration laws and established new categories of protection for immigrants seeking to come here. That’s the exact opposite of Trump’s policies. Trump has told a staggering number of lies, but this one may be the most shameless because it’s so easily checked and proven to be a lie.