When it comes to spreading falsehoods, no one can match Donald Trump. During an interview with “Fox & Friends” that aired Thursday, the lying president falsely claimed that a Republican senator was in the hospital this week. However, there’s no evidence a senator was in the hospital this week.
When asked why he thought his tax reform plan would pass through Congress after the health care bill “went down in the Senate” this week, Trump went on the defense.
“Oh Pete, the health care bill didn’t go down,” Trump told Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth during the interview Wednesday. “We have the votes, but reconciliation is a disaster. But as you know, it ends on Friday.”
“We don’t have enough time because we have one senator who’s a ‘yes’ vote ― a great person ― but he’s in the hospital,” he continued. “So we have the votes.”
This is the sixth time the president has told the same lie.
“Trump just said on six occasions a senator can’t vote because he is in the hospital,” Josh Dawsey, a reporter for Politico, tweeted Wednesday. “No one is known to be in the hospital.”
Watch the video below:
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) September 28, 2017
Trump’s comments Wednesday followed a tweet earlier that morning making the same claim.
With one Yes vote in hospital & very positive signs from Alaska and two others (McCain is out), we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
Earlier this week, GOP leaders abandoned a vote on the bill, the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, after GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Susan Collins (Maine) announced they would vote against it.