Trump Lies About Having Bill-Signing Record

Politico reports:

President Donald Trump falsely claimed on Wednesday that he had signed more legislation than any of his predecessors at this point in their terms.

“You know, one of the things that people don’t understand — we have signed more legislation than anybody,” the president said in remarks to roughly four dozen first responders at a firehouse in West Palm Beach, Florida. “We broke the record of Harry Truman.”

It is true that Trump had signed more bills in his first 100 days than any president since Truman, but as Trump nears the anniversary of his Jan. 20 inauguration, he is far removed from his 100th day.

And he has now signed the fewest number of bills into law of any first-year president dating back to Dwight Eisenhower, according to a recent report from the website GovTrack.

  • Christopher

    I would refuse to be photographed anywhere near him for fear of retribution by the thinking public.

  • HZ81

    Well, his lips are moving so he’s lying.

  • lymis

    Assuming he’s not just pulling shit out of his ass like he always does, it looks like he doesn’t understand the difference between executive orders and legislation.

    He’s certainly competitive in the “getting publicity for signing things” record, whether or not he actually signed more executive orders than his predecessors, since he’s made a public circus of ever time he put his pen to paper. Mostly because he’s done so much damage (and/or corruptly given so many shameless political favors) every time he did so.

    • Butch

      One major piece of hugely unpopular legislation; the rest were naming post offices and critical stuff like that.

      • clay

        There was on 4-month budget extension, and then a 4-week budget extension, too. Maybe the next one will be a 4-day budget extension to get us past Martin Luther King day?

  • greenmanTN
  • Todd20036

    Trump lied/got some basic fact wrong. Must be a day that ends in Y

    Trump’s biggest “win” is a bill that was rushed through with no bipartisan committees and no democratic input and forced through before a new democratic senator could take office.

    And additionally, it hurts 99% of Americans.

  • DaddyRay

    And let me guess, 31% of Americans believe him

    • ted-

      I’ll continue to pray to Satan for their punishment

    • BobSF_94117


      • KnownDonorDad

        Fox News and Breitbart said so!

  • Butch

    And if you saw this story on the evening news, you would have found that the news failed to provide any context or fact check whatever, and would have no reason to doubt this claim.

    • OdieDenCO

      don’t lump all news outlets together with fox news. Denver’s local ABC affiliate aired the story this AM. they also debunked the claim as untrue.

      • Butch

        My comment was based on last night’s evening news. The national station I watched simply replayed the clip with no comment or fact check. Maybe some local stations did get it right – that would be nice to hear.

        • kareemachan

          Why do you bother watching “news” on TV?

    • Rambie

      NPR also got it right with a fact check that debunked the claim.

  • Bluto
    • DaddyRay

      I like to upvote facts

      • Stogiebear

        Drumpf is a diaper wearing shitgibbon.

        • DaddyRay

          ^ Fact

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        • Todd20036

          So is Vitter.

    • clay

      Which makes it look like “Trump’s” record is primarily due to a Ryan / McConnell backlog.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Trump could have easily spun this as not giving big government as much power as past presidents, to appease his base. But facts don’t matter anyway.

    • trouble94114

      I’d be interested in knowing the comparison between the number of bills he’s signed and any other president whose party held a majority in the Senate and the House. i.e. If a particular party controls congress and the executive branch shouldn’t they pass more legislation?

    • mark99k

      Mm, delicious. Nothin like a nice ‘truth graph’ to smack a liar upside the head with.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • Harveyrabbit

    He counts memos he writes on post-it notes as legislation.

    “Barron, go to bed”

    “Melania, on your knees”

    “Junior, go kill a lion”

    “Kelly Ann, wear shorter skirts”

  • ohbear1957
    • greenmanTN

      Those bone spurs must have migrated to his brain.

  • margaretpoa

    The only record Trump holds is the most lies told and he’s got that running away.

    • AdamTh

      …. and GOLFING

      • margaretpoa

        I stand corrected. Absolutely golfing. And most money made by a sitting President by exploiting the office.

      • If he loved to golf that much, why did he run for President? It’s really cut into his tee time.

  • DaddyRay

    Donald does realize this doesn’t include Hotel Bills at Trump Resorts

    • ColdCountry

      You think he signs those???

      • DaddyRay

        Sure, right after the “Pay to the order of the American Tax Payer”

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Most of the bills he signed were on MAGA hats.

  • kaydenpat

    Another day. Another Trump lie. That’s how he rolls.

    • DaddyRay

      Yup, another outrageous lie to distract the media from the Russia story

    • Rambie

      Probably a lie he was TOLD by his staff to make him feel good

      • clay

        and they’re even being lazy at it. They told him that on day 100, and have just used it, again, each time they were short on “essential reads” for the White House email blast.

        • Rambie

          Of course they reuse it, it’s his pacifier that soothes him to sleep each night.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I’ve signed so many bills. YUGE bills. You should see my room service bills, they’re YUGE, the best bills, so many bills believe me. These bills are all paid by you stupid motherfuckers that support me, the YUGEST of the poorly educated. So much winning.

    • David Walker

      Poorly educated motherfucker on the left: “What am I supposed to bring home from the grocery store?”
      Poorly educated motherfucker on the right: “What the fuck’re you talking about? Go play with your putter.”

  • greenmanTN

    The sad fact is his supporters will parrot this “fact,” and nothing anyone can say will convince them otherwise.

    • That is what he’s counting on. He knows his core base watches only faux newz or oan news. No facts, only tornado speed spin. They are in a cone of silence for any other views.

  • Ninja0980
    • greenmanTN

      Here is my solution. Do away with caucuses. They favor the most fervent supporters, not the most popular candidate.

      • canoebum

        1) Require all candidates in the Primary be registered members of the party for whose nomination they are standing, 2) same thing for the voters. No more open Primaries, 3) Do away with the caucuses, 4) shorten the election season to six months, start to finish. Primary campaigns begin on May 1st. Primaries begin on July 1st. General election campaign begins on October 1st.

        • Michael White

          Actually, there I have been times when I crossed party lines to vote in a primary and not just to vote for the worst candidates.

        • Reality.Bites

          No season. One day. One national primary. No more tiny 99% white states deciding who counts and who doesn’t.

          Bonus: dramatic cost savings.

      • the sad truth is, and i say this as a black woman, is that votes are “stolen” all the time. maybe yall don’t see it cause you don’t vote in places like where i vote. but gosh, it’s obvious.

        tim and susan are so hated here, so i guess i am too, but i have to agree that both the left and the right have reasons to be concerned that votes are not counted properly, and that many legit voters are not allowed to vote in key states. i know a lot of you don’t want to hear this, but there’s a lot of money backing the dem party too. they aren’t saints, and some of them are criminals, just like most of the republicans.

        pootie is no genius, but he or someone who advises him was right to point out the weaknesses in the American electoral system. caucuses are only one part of that, and i agree: they are inherently undemocratic. i still remember that photo i saw of a bunch of members of the dem party, walking out of their private meeting in which they chose the presidential candidate. i seriously wonder if some of them were blackmailed. call me a foil wearing fool, but i do.

        the bottom line is that if there is an issue that liberals and leftists should be agitating about? it’s electoral integrity. the mainstream press is *finally* waking up to the fact that there are… questions, about what happened in 2016 and real concerns for what might happen in 2018. i note, as they don’t, there is Complete Silence on the part of the leadership of the Democratic Party to investigate or address these concerns.

        yeah. i’m a ‘bernie bro.’ i’m not ashamed. i’m also a BradBlog reader from days of yore. a lot of you folks less obsessed with this issue than he and i am? wow are you in for an ugly wake up.

        • greenmanTN

          Whether it is a primary or the general election, ALL I want is a fair vote. No voter suppression of black people or Hispanics or anyone, no blatant gerrymandering, no grotesque attempts by other countries or billionaires using money as “speech” to skew the vote. Caucuses are not a democratic process.

          We differ on Bernie but I suspect we agree on many things.

          • Mark_in_MN

            Why do you say caucuses are not a democratic process? A ballot isn’t the only way a democratic process can work. Frankly, I can’t think of anything much more democratic than a caucus, where the people from a particular party in a precinct gather to gauge support for candidates, elect representatives to district or state conventions, present and consider resolutions for the platform and work of the their party, etc. A primary system places the direction of the party all the more in the hands of the insiders.

          • greenmanTN

            Because people have jobs and homes with children and can’t dedicate an entire day to picking a candidate. Caucuses favor those who can do that, like students, and doesn’t necessarily reflect the popular candidate.

          • Mark_in_MN

            It is not an entire day. It is a couple of hours one evening.

          • greenmanTN

            Depending on the votes it still can go on for hours. What’s the problem with a simple vote?

          • Mark_in_MN

            As I noted above, it puts control of the party and it’s platform entirely in the hands of the insiders. Caucuses give an opportunity for rank and file members to influence and direct such matters. A primary is about the least engaged way to decide the candidates, apart from having no input. We might as well go with just having an election with runoff (instant or otherwise) rather than having party specific primaries.

          • greenmanTN

            Why should “insiders” (your word) control who is nominated? Do you have a problem with democracy? By your own admission the person chosen isn’t necessarily the person with the broadest popular appeal, but a choice made by “insiders.” To me you seem to be answering your own question. Why hold a caucus at all if the choice isn’t based on votes but by a group of people who seem to believe they know better? It’s you who makes caucuses sound like a sham, not I.

          • Mark_in_MN

            I have no problem with democracy. I want to promote it and enable it. Democracy is not synonymous with a ballot box. They are not the same thing. Insiders should not control who is nominated, nor should they control the platform of the party and the party’s elected officers. There is nothing wrong with primaries per se, but that idea that they are the only real democratic way to nominate candidates is false, and it has the impact of passing everything else (and even to some extent who even gets into the race or could compete in a primary) to those party insiders. Those operators, donors, and influencers would be able to entirely dictate what is in the party platform, determine the rules under which is operates, direct the activities of the party, and determine who holds positions like party chair and central committee membership. Caucuses are available for all people who affiliate with a party to determine it’s direction, including who gets support for endorsement by the party. It allows people to participate rather than just be on the sideline while feeling like they are doing something about their party by doing the least they could do, marking a piece of paper in the ballot box. The people who go to a caucus are not a group of people who seem to believe they know better, while those who cast a ballot in a primary are not. Caucuses are not perfect, no system of political governance ever could be, but they provide a way to influence the direction of a party much more than just marking a ballot.

          • Mark_in_MN

            And you haven’t said how caucuses aren’t democratic, other than it takes more than 15 minutes. That’s not an indication of a lack of democratic nature.

    • JCF
  • Uncle Mark

    With ALL that signing (and presumably reading) of ALL those bills, how does he EVER manage to hold onto a golf club as often as he does?

  • hdtex
  • Uncle Mark

    Sure…sure, Donnie. But NOTHING compares or even approaches the number of lies you’ve made as President

  • lying liars lie. it makes me sad to realize how many americans voted for this liar. i guess that says something about our society.

    • TuuxKabin

      Except for the nearly 3 million votes Clinton received. It’s the system, the electoral college that’s just one of the ‘things’ wrecking our society.

    • sadoldguy

      I think it says that we have 30 – 40 million citizens that value being a troll over being civil.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Executive orders aren’t bills.

  • KnownDonorDad

    So you could 1) look it up to check the claim or 2) believe it on face value. Guess what 30-ish percent of slavish, zombie-like followers are doing?

    I exploit you
    Still you love me
    I tell you one and one makes three

  • Igby

    From American Cockroaches to Zebras, New Book Answers ‘Does It Fart?’

  • GanymedeRenard

    Isn’t it ironic how he brags about signing more laws while claiming to have gotten rid of tons of regulations?

  • nocadrummer

    And if it WERE true (which it isn’t), that blows a hole in the idea that Republicans are against “Big Government” which meddles in one’s life, now doesn’t it?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Bad Tom

    Bet Trump’s counting all his EOs as full-fledged bills.

    The dictatorial EOs that were so evil when signed by Barack Obama.
    Trump’s probably wrong even on that count, but I’m not going to check.

  • coram nobis

    To be fair, he probably signed more legislation than William Henry Harrison.

    • eddiebeskeddie

      to be fair, he’s probably passed and passing more gas than anyone, anywhere.

  • FelineMama

    Trump Lies About..EVERYTHING!!!! There I fixed it for ya CNN!

  • KaBoomBOX

    Doesn’t know the difference between Executive Order and legislation, yet is still president???!?

  • KevInPDX

    Ya know, I have a “Little Buddy/Cubby” who lies to me all the time but I give him a pass and don’t call him on it as he’s harmless and has a sweet set of muscle bunz. Drumph does not have a sweet set of nothing and is recklessness and dangerous! He’s a lying sack of shit! Even when he doesn’t need to lie he lies anyways.

    I need to (I will) look into Trumans “Do Nothing Congress” statement as I am unfamiliar with most of politics in that era (born’62) and this is thrown out by the Republicans a lot as the Truman Administration being ineffectual(?).