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Politico Claims Trump Lied About Calling ISIS Unbelievably Evil

Politico has found GOP nominee Donald Trump’s characterization of the Islamic State as “unbelievable” to be a falsehood, in what has to be one of the most absurd “fact checks” in the Virginia-based blog’s history.

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The so-called lie is one of 87 listed by Politico Magazine, which claims Trump averaged a lie every three minutes and 15 seconds over the course of five days. Trump’s statement that the evil carried out by ISIS is “unbelievable” falls at number 52 on the list.

“We’re presiding over something that the world has not seen,” Trump said at a rally in Florida. “The level of evil is unbelievable.”

And Politico’s take: “Judging one ‘level of evil’ against another is subjective, but other groups in recent history have without any question engaged in as widespread killing of civilians as ISIS.”

The statement is overtly subjective, so Politico whips up a vague definition of what constitutes “believable” evil and runs with it. It’s unclear what is meant by “widespread killing of civilians.” Taken literally, it would appear to be a false statement, since ISIS has killed civilians all over the globe, including in Malaysia, the United States, Germany, Tunisia, Pakistan and elsewhere.

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