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

Mitt Romney tells 533 lies in 30 weeks, Steve Benen documents them August 29, 2012

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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  • Engelmaui

    it’s pretty easy to figure out. He’s an egomaniac, racist old white man who must get the black man out of office before he helps the poor folks survive and have a better life.

  • Tim

     By “spend like crazy” you mean like two Bush wars that we’re still paying for?
    “take away your guns” only if you think taking an AK-47 to a bar is a good idea, and “hate small businesses” if you consider Koch Brothers, Wal-Mart, Exxon, Shell and Chevron as “small”.

  • See?

    You’ve made my point, again, for me.

    People like you don’t care about the facts of the omgapologytour so much as the fact that OMG OBAMA APOLOGIZED AT ALL.

    You really seem to believe that the USA can act like an 800 pound gorilla that can beat the shit out of any other country militarily, bully them financially, and in general swagger about the globe as though it owned the planet and never, ever have its leaders admit they’re sorry for ordering these things to happen.

  • Da_burgh_boy

    So when Pinocchio grew up he went into politics and changed his name to Mitt… it all makes.sense

  • His nose should be across the city of New York by now. :P

  • Lloyd Cornell

    You are right on the money, as the repubs are worried and pissed about a black man being in the White House. All I can say to them is get over it as he shall occupy it for another 4 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tammi Trivette

    Hats off to Steve for taking the time to document the truth!@Carstonio:disqus Moving Forward~Obama

  • Robert Johnston, If you think Obama is the best president ever, that’s your opinion and your mindset. I do not agree with you, and if Mitt does become president I’ll be able to have the freedom of speech and opinion. I do not feel Obama is truthful and I fear anyone who crosses him is not safe because I’ve seen what has happened. Hopefully one day you will see what I mean. Liberals are already saying if Mitt wins they will kill him, and their will be riots. What kind of supporters are they? Do we live in a communist county? Will our country become communist if Obama wins? I hope I and everyone I know never find out. If I had my wish I’d wish that Obama and all his supporters would go live in Libya or another country and leave our precious United States.

  • EllieMurasaki

    If you think Obama is the best president ever, that’s your opinion and your mindset. I do not agree with you, and if Mitt does become president I’ll be able to have the freedom of speech and opinion.

    You have freedom of speech and opinion now. You know this because you posted that comment without fear of reprisal.

    Liberals are already saying if Mitt wins they will kill him, and their will be riots.

    [citation needed]

  • Aunursa: I’ll tell you what Obama did apoligize  for; he spent $70,000 on an ad apoligizing to Libya about a film that was not the reason our ambassador and three seals were killed for. It was a terriorist attack. For weeks they blamed the film and still have the film maker in jail for no reason. There are many lies about the Libya attack and I can’t wait til you learn the truth of what happened, if the bias media ever starts  telling our country the truth. Maybe if arrests are made they will be forced to tell the truth.

  • Lori


    Liberals are already saying if Mitt wins they will kill him, and their will be riots.

    What Ellie said—Citation needed.

    That means that you need to provide proof from a reliable, fact-based, nonpartisan source. So not Breitbart or World Net Daily and not some right wing blog or forum quoting something that someone heard that someone had said.


    Do we live in a communist county? 

    Clearly not.


    Will our country become communist if Obama wins?

    He won 4 years ago and the country isn’t communist now, so no. No, the country will not become communist if Obama wins.


    I hope I and everyone I know never find out.   

    There appears to be very little danger of you finding anything out. You are afraid of things that have no basis in fact. You’re scaring yourself and making yourself miserable over things that aren’t true and aren’t going to be true.


    If I had my wish I’d wish that Obama and all his supporters would go
    live in Libya or another country and leave our precious United States.   

    What a horrible, nasty, unamerican person you are. This country does not belong to you, it belongs to all of us. The fact that you wish for it to be the exclusive property of you and people like you shows very clearly that you don’t actually understand a thing about the country you claim to hold so precious. You should be ashamed.

    Also, you and everyone like you needs to stop talking about Libya. You don’t know anything about Libya. You’re just repeating garbage and it’s annoying.

  • Lori


    our ambassador and three seals were killed for.   

    This is the proof that you know nothing about Libya and should stop talking about it.

    First of all,  I doubt very much that you would have considered Ambassador Stevens to be of any importance if Fox News hadn’t decided that his death could be used as a weapon against Obama. Ambassador Stevens spent his whole career working for values that you clearly don’t agree with. And of course he was nominated by Obama so he clearly can’t have been “your” ambassador.

    There were not 3 SEALs killed in Benghazi. Three security contractors, 2 of whom were former SEALs, were killed. By all accounts they did their jobs bravely and well and they deserve our respect. We don’t show respect by getting the facts wrong or by being dishonest about them or their deaths in order to score political points.

  • > There appears to be very little danger of you finding anything out

    This is now among my favorite phrases ever. I’m likely to use it quite a lot from now on without giving you any credit for it, so I figured I’d at least take a moment now to acknowledge the fact and praise you for it.

  • Daughter

     Speaking of Libya, there were 11 attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates during George W. Bush’s years in office, five prior to the 2004 election, and about 46 deaths and dozens of injuries in those attacks.

    Why aren’t these incidences more well-known? Probably because Democrats didn’t spend a lot of time making hay about them, including Kerry when he was running against Bush.  (Dems spent a lot of time hay about the Iraq War, but that’s because Bush was to blame for it).

    Here’s an articles that summarizes the attacks during Bush’s administration, with citations to their original sources:

  • Lori


    Use it in good health.

  • Daughter

    Sorry, link broken. Try this one:

  • I certainly hope you are keeping up with all of Barry Soetoro’s lies as well…his lies tend to get people killed…Fast N Furious,  Benghazi etc….

  • P J Evans

     Oh goody, another little GOP troll, loaded with lies.

    Can we get to to go away before we have to turn you into a pinata?

  • Kayo

    Is there anyone chronicling oblowme’s lies? Or is he such a saint to the sheeple that he never tells a lie?

  • Kayo

    From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
    regrettingpresent participle of re·gret (Verb)
    Verb:Feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that has happened or been done, esp. a loss or missed opportunity).Used in polite formulas to express apology for or sadness over something unfortunate or unpleasant.

  • Kayo

     There is no more Jeep. It’s called Chrysler. What he said was that Chrysler was sending all Jeep manufacturing to China. FYI, they produce more than one model of automobile. Another tidbit of info for you. Chrysler is now owned by Fiat, an Italian company.

  • Kayo

    Its un-American to want a socialist out of the White House? I don’t think so.

  • Lori

    Socialism. That word does not mean what you think it means.

    And if you mention the ACA/”Obamacare” I’ll know you’re a liar because that was Romney’s idea before he was against it. It the guy who did it first isn’t a socialist then neither is Obama. If both candidates are socialists then replacing one with the other would be pretty pointless.

  • Lori


    What he said was that Chrysler was sending all Jeep manufacturing to China.   

    Which was a lie, because they’re not. They will not only continue to produce Jeeps here in the US, they will actually be hiring more people to do so. Romney was called on his lie and responded by turning it into a TV ad to run in Ohio. Because Romney is a liar.


    Another tidbit of info for you. Chrysler is now owned by Fiat, an Italian company.  

    What’s your point. The discussion was about jobs. The jobs are here in the US and will remain here.

    Also, you do know how Mitt Romney made his money, right?

  • Lori

     Did you read that before you did your cut & paste. Did you see the “or sadness” part? Do you understand how context is used to determine which meaning applies to a particular usage?

  • Lori


    Is there anyone chronicling oblowme’s lies? Or is he such a saint to the sheeple that he never tells a lie?  

    Why do you all say exactly the same thing? Is there some troll factory that turns you out on an assembly line? Are you all actually the same guy? Are you all getting you marching orders from the exact same place?

  • Lori

    Oh for Pete’s sake, another idiot spewing the talking point about Libya without having any actual clue what happened in Benghazi or any actual concern about the 4 Americans who died there.

    You also seem to have missed a memo or two on Fast & Furious.

    And Mitt Romney is still a serial liar.

  • Samuel Constance

     Who is “oblowme”?

  • I assume from context that “oblowme” is a dismissive, insulting, and vulgar way of referring to the current President of the United States.

  • Koshka

    Not a fan of Romney, but what about Obama’s lies….

  • dirtygrl

    Could you be a little more specific please?

  • Koshka

    I don’t have Lobbyists.When a bill lands on my Desk, The American people will have 5 days to review it before I sign it.
    Will not vote for any bill supporting troop funding without a firm withdrawal commitment from the Bush Administration.
    Have troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2009.
    I have visited all 57 states. (lol)
    I’ll get rid of earmarks.
    Will have the most transparent administration in History.
    Won’t Raise taxes on those making less than 250,000 per year.
    Cut Deficit in Half by end of first term.
    Obama says he’ll save average family $8,000 in gas.
    We began by passing a Recovery Act that has already saved or
    created over 150,000 jobs.” – caught cooking the books and now changed
    to ‘jobs supported’ versus ‘created/saved’.
    We have run out of places in the US to drill for oil.
    No signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law.
    My budget will cut the deficit by $4 Trillion over 10 years.
    Planned Parenthood provides mammograms.
    For the first time since 1990, American manufacturers are creating new jobs.
    Under President Barack Obama, the United States has “doubled our exports.”
    Under the White House’s budget proposal, “we will not be adding more to the national debt” by the middle of the decade. (PolitiFact-Revenue would equal outlays, but he ignores growing interest on the debt)
    “I didn’t raise taxes once.”
    “The vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country.” (PolitiFact-Big donors bankrolled much of Obama’s campaign) 
    “We’ve excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs.”
    “I’ve done more for Israel’s security than any President ever” (Obama aided Islamic Extremists take over of Egypt/Libya – Weapons pour into Gaza)
    Fence between US and Mexico is “Practically Complete” (Department of Homeland Security says 5%)
    Barack Obama in 2003, talking to the AFL/CIO:“I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal
    healthcare coverage. That’s what I’d like to see.”In January, 2008,
    Obama claimed in a nationally televised debate:”I never said that we
    should try to go ahead and get single-payer.”

    In Obama’s famous DNC
    Convention speech, Obama says, “My father was a foreign student, born
    and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went
    to school in a tin-roof shack. His father — my grandfather — was a cook,
    a domestic servant to the British.”
    Kezia, Obama Sr.’s first wife tells a story that puts Obama’s account to lie.
    Kezia said: In 1955 Obama
    Sr. was 18 and working in an office in Nairobi, when he took Kezia from
    her family at the age of 16. Her father was furious. “He did not like
    Obama. My father and brothers came to Nairobi to bring me back.
    They said I had to go back to school. “When I wouldn’t, they said they
    would never speak to me again. “Barack was also worried about what his
    father would think because I was so young, but he gave us his approval.
    Obama’s father (often described as poor) sent my mother and father 14 cows for my dowry.
    Just how can a cook, a domestic servant to the British, provide a dowry of 14 cattle for Senior’s first wife? Also, Obama’s father had been working in a Nairobi office since the age 16, not herding goats.Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval

    In June 2011, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said that
    Obama had violated the Constitution when he launched military operations
    in Libya without Congressional approval.Gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton – just like Bush did

    In May 2010, it was reported
    that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of
    Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through
    2011 for military support services in Iraq, just hours after the
    Justice Department had said it would pursue a lawsuit accusing the
    Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on
    Iraq-related work.Has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldn’t have any

    While running for President, Obama had promised that, unlike Bush, he
    would not have any lobbyists working in his administration. However, by
    February 2010, he had more than 40 lobbyists working in his administration. Has close ties to Wall St., but pretends to support Occupy Wall St.

    Although Obama claims to support the Occupy Wall St. movement, the truth is that he has raised more
    money from Wall St. than any other candidate during the last 20 years.
    In early 2012, Obama held a fundraiser where Wall St. investment bankers
    and hedge fund managers each paid $35,800 to attend. In October 2011, Obama hired
    Broderick Johnson, a longtime Wall Street lobbyist, to be his new
    senior campaign adviser. Johnson had worked as a lobbyist for JP Morgan
    Chase, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Comcast, Microsoft, and the oil
    industry.Supported the $700 billion TARP corporate-welfare bailout just like Bush

    While Senator, Obama voted
    for the $700 billion TARP bank bailout bill. The bailout rewarded
    irresponsible and illegal behavior. It redirected resources from more
    productive uses to less productive uses. It punished the hard working
    taxpayers who had played by the rules and obeyed the law. It created
    horrible incentives, and sent the wrong message. The bailout was evil
    because it rewarded the bad people and punished the good people. No
    society that does this can expect to remain free or prosperous. Instead
    of bailing out these corrupt corporations, we should have let them cease
    to exist, like we did with Enron.Nominated a tax cheater to enforce the tax laws

    Obama nominated Timothy Geithner, a repeat tax cheater, to head the government agency that enforces the tax laws.Gave tax dollars to AIG executives, then pretended to be outraged

    Obama signed a stimulus bill that spent money on bonuses for AIG executives. Prior to signing this bill, Obama had said,
    “when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are
    not spending money unwisely.” However, after reading “line by line” and
    signing the stimulus bill that protected the AIG bonuses, Obama pretended
    to be shocked and outraged at the bonuses, and said, “Under these
    circumstances, it’s hard to understand how derivative traders at A.I.G.
    warranted any bonuses at all, much less $165 million in extra pay… How
    do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the
    company afloat?” and also said that he would “pursue every single legal
    avenue to block these bonuses.”Supported Bush’s unconstitutional Patriot Act
    In May 2011, Obama signed a renewal of the Patriot Act.Increased the national debt more in one term than Bush did in two

    The national debt increased more during Obama’s first three years and two months than it did during all eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency.Agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without filing any charges
    In December 2011, ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero
    criticized Obama for signing a bill that gave the U.S. government the
    power to indefinitely detain U.SStole money from retired teachers and police officers

    During the Chrysler bankruptcy, Obama violated the Fifth Amendment
    and more than 150 years of bankruptcy law by illegally treating secured
    creditors worse
    than unsecured creditors. Some of these secured creditors were retired
    teachers and police officers from Indiana. Richard A. Epstein, a law
    professor at New York University School of Law, wrote,
    “Upsetting this fixed hierarchy among creditors is just an illegal
    taking of property from one group of creditors for the benefit of
    another, which should be struck down on both statutory and
    constitutional grounds.” Todd Zywicki, Professor of Law at George Mason
    University School of Law, wrote that Obama’s treatment of secured creditors was “dangerous to the rule of law.” The Economist wrote
    that Obama’s actions could “establish a terrible precedent. Bankruptcy
    exists to sort legal claims on assets. If it becomes a tool of social
    policy, who will then lend to struggling firms in which the government
    has a political interest?” Francis Cianfrocca, the CEO of Bayshore
    Networks, wrote
    that Obama’s actions were “an astonishingly reckless abrogation of
    contract law that will introduce a new level of uncertainty into
    business transactions at all levels, and make wealth generation more
    difficult going forward… An extraordinary uncertainty has been created
    when the most powerful man in the world can rewrite contracts and choose
    winners and losers in private negotiations as he sees fit. Since this
    is an unquantifiable uncertainty, and not a quantifiable risk, its
    effect on business and investor confidence will be large and
    unpredictable. As in the 1930s, a time when government also cavalierly
    rewrote private contracts, the prudent approach for business will be to
    invest minimally and wait for another administration.”Illegally put thousands of guns into hands of criminals
    In Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration ordered gun storeowners to illegally sell thousands of guns to criminals.Lied about putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN

    Although Obama had made a campaign promise
    to have all of the health care reform negotiations broadcast on C-SPAN,
    he broke that promise after he was elected. The secrecy of these
    negotiations was so strong that U.S. Congresswoman and Speaker of the
    House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Lied about letting people keep their health insurance

    Before Obama’s health care reform was passed, he promised
    “If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have
    health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.” However, after
    the law was passed, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East announced
    that it would drop
    health insurance for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home
    attendants. Mitra Behroozi, executive director of benefit and pension
    funds for 1199SEIU stated, “… new federal health-care reform legislation
    requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to
    age 26… meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”
    Also, after the law was passed, the Franciscan University of
    Steubenville dropped its coverage in response to the law. In addition, after the law was passed, Forbes reported
    “The House Ways and Means Committee has released a new report that
    sheds light onto how Obamacare incentivizes companies to dump their
    workers onto the new law’s subsidized exchanges.”

    Is this specific enough?  I can go on…

  • dirtygrl


  • Liberals are already saying if Mitt wins they will kill him, and their will be riots.

    Oh, you mean like how Donald Trump is calling for revolution now that Obama has been re-elected?

  • Lori

    If you’re thankful for that wall o’text, much of it inaccurate, that looks like a cut-n-paste job from Red State you have really low standards.

  • dirtygrl

      “looks like a cut-n-paste job from Red State”…Exactly!  Just wanted to see what I would get…

  • That said, it doesn’t look good when the Obama Administration is awarding federal contracts to the likes of Halliburton and KBR, both of which have prima facie conflicts of interest because Dick Cheney and George W. Bush oversaw contract awards when they were in the executive office.

    In short, why keep giving money to the same fuck-ups that have been ripping off the US government since 2003?

    It does no good to deny Obama’s very real shortcomings and inconsistencies. Particularly when he avails himself of statements like “no country would ever tolerate another nation dropping missiles on it from above” (gee, hypocritical much, Mr. Drone Strike?)

  • Did you say something Lori? It was garbled from all the ugly dripping out of your mouth.

  • Lori

    You revived a 5 month old thread to say that? You clearly have far too much time on your hands.

  • David Lorae

    Wow a christian website supporting Obamas gay marriage and etc liberal stuff you guys are really good Christians (sarcasm)

  • EllieMurasaki

    You know, if you hadn’t added the ‘sarcasm’ tag, we would have thought you’re actually a decent person.

  • qcubed

    Pretty much.