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Fact-Checkers Find Trump's Latest Attacks against Clinton 'Rife with Distortion'

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Fact-Checkers Find Trump's Latest Attacks against Clinton 'Rife with Distortion'

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I honestly do worry that I'm getting dangerously obsessed with Mr. Trump. I also worry that I might pass the point from which I can be fair to him, in my writing, if he happens to say something factual or rational or deserving of respect, but I will continue to look for such opportunities.

Yesterday, when he gave a televised address holding Hillary Clinton responsible for pretty much everything that's wrong in the world, and then when I heard that address described by CNN journalists as serious, substantive and "presidential," I went a little crazy and denounced the speech as "almost 100 percent ... new, special, great again, Trumpian ... hyperbole and oversimplification, mixed with well-documented lies he has long been repeating."

After getting that off my chest, I was, as I said just above, worried that my growing horror over the political success of Trumpism had biased my perceptions. So I was slightly relieved, on a personal level, but still just as horrified for what the rise of Trump says about the health of our American experiment with democracy, when the fact-checkers started wading through the speech.

Here's the fact-check assembled by the Associated Press, a news organization generally viewed as at the cautious, unbiased, nothing- but-the-facts, eat-your-spinach portion of the spectrum. I've never seen an AP piece like this and I've never seen a harsher review of the honesty/facticity of a major address by a serious presidential candidate.

Please click through and read the whole thing. If you don't, here are a couple of low/highlights, contained in the first section of the AP piece, which gave credit to 10 different AP journalists who checked various Trump statements (and, bear in mind, the excerpt below is less than a fourth of the whole piece and you should really read the whole thing. Trump's contempt for facts and honesty is breathtaking):

Donald Trump's fierce denunciation of Hillary Clinton on Wednesday was rife with distortion.

He accused Clinton of announcing a withdrawal from Iraq that wasn't on her watch, pulled numbers out of nowhere on her plan for refugees and went beyond the established facts behind the killing of the U. …

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