Let’s be honest: We all know that Donald Trump lies multiple times each day. The Washington Post found that he had lied 6,420 times in his first 649 days as president. That’s a heck of a clip.
And we also know that the people around Donald Trump lie, often in an effort to create a false reality around Trump’s initial lies.
What’s actually surprising is this: Chris Wallace used his Fox News Sunday show to fact-check in real-time Sarah Sanders, the president’s press secretary and chief mouthpiece.
Here’s how it went down.
Sarah Sanders is trying to paint a picture of the southern border as a sieve, one through which terrorists are coming each and every day. She says: “We know that roughly, nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists are coming into our country illegally.”
Chris Wallace stops her cold. He says: “Do you know where those 4,000 people are captured? Airports.”
He goes on to say the State Department has found no evidence of terrorists entering via the southern border. Sarah Sanders pivots and tries to suggest (without evidence) that terrorists are coming “by land and sea,” that they are saying the same thing, etc. Here’s a partial transcript of the conversation:
Sarah Sanders attempted to push the false claim about terrorists being caught at the southern border on Fox News Sunday and Chris Wallace was having none of it.https://t.co/qGBS6V8PR2 pic.twitter.com/cdDynlvxwA
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) January 6, 2019
It’s all a lie. The Trump Administration doesn’t want to beef up security at airport checkpoints. It wants to build a wall and shut down the southern border, and it has shut down the government (and halted paychecks for 200,000 Texans) in an effort to do just that.
Here’s the video:
The lies have been coming full throttle since Trump first announced his campaign. I wish it was refreshing to see Chris Wallace fact-check them on Fox News. But it’s not. It’s exhausting. I’m so tired of the lies, and I’m so ready for the 2020 election.