In the aftermath of Donald Trump becoming the next president, the debate over fact and fiction has run rampant. Despite being known as someone who often stretches the truth to fit his narrative, Trump was able to get elected to the highest office in the country.

Trump the Pinocchio

When Donald Trump kicked off his presidential campaign, he referred to illegal immigrants from Mexico as "murderers" and "rapists." Trump would go on to claim that immigrants were "pouring" over the border at such an alarming rate that the United States couldn't even keep track.

fact-checkers were quick to correct Trump, noting that illegal immigration has been on the decline in recent years. Over the next year and half, Trump would be debunked at a record rate by fact-checkers, but it wasn't enough to prevent him from winning the election. As reported by The Washington Post on December 17, the former host of "The Apprentice," and future president, was named the biggest liar of 2016.

Over the course of his entire presidential campaign, fact-checkers at The Washington Post gave a "Four Pinocchio" rating to 59 of the claims made by Donald Trump.

This numbers is compared to only seven that was given to statements made by Hillary Clinton, a margin so wide that many had to double check the numbers. Since Election Day, Trump has had four more of his statements labeled "Four Pinocchio."

"There has never been a serial exaggerator in recent American politics like the president-elect," The Washington Post wrote, noting that "He not only consistently makes false claims but also repeats them." The paper also broke down some of Trump's biggest falsehoods, with some sticking out more than others.

Biggest lies

"I won in a landslide...and millions of people voted illegally for Clinton," Donald Trump said following his election win, with both claims being debunked. Trump's alleged "landslide" win came as he barley won in the electoral college, while losing the popular vote by nearly three million votes. In regards to illegal immigrants voting for Clinton, that claim has been repeatedly debunked for various fact-checking outlets.

Other Trump claims that were labeled false was when he said he was "always" against the war in Iraq, which he wasn't, as well as his claim that he was given a "small loan" by his father to start up a business. That "small loan" turned out to be as much as one million dollars.

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