2016 Presidential Candidates and Their Bluffs

More than 1,000 Statements Made 22 Candidates and Fact Checked by Politifact

Which of the 2016 presidential candidates has lied the most? This resource aggregates Politifact's Truth-O-Meter data to compare statements made by presidential candidates and those made by others about the candidates.

Politifact's Truth-O-Meter fact checks claims by politicians and assigns them six categories: 

  • True – The statement is accurate and there’s nothing significant missing.
  • Mostly True – The statement is accurate but needs clarification or additional information.
  • Half True – The statement is partially accurate but leaves out important details or takes things out of context.
  • Mostly False – The statement contains some element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.
  • False – The statement is not accurate.
  • Pants on Fire – The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim.

(Definitions from politifact.com)

Data updated as of July 14th, 2015

More than a fourth of Donald Trump's Checked statements are a 'ridiculous claim'.

Donald Trump is the presidential candidate with the highest rate of statements classified as "Pants on Fire!" by Politifact. 26% of his claims make a ridicoulous assertion. Another 43% is "just" False, including when he reported that the Islamic States had just bilt an hotel in Syria. Overall, only 9% of the 23 facts stated by Donald Trump and fact checked by Politifacts are Mostly True or True.


Note: Total claims by each candidate -- Rick Perry: 165, Scott Walker: 144, Hillary Clinton: 111, Chris Christie: 93, Marco Rubio: 93, Joe Biden: 69, Rick Santorum: 56, John Kasich: 51, Ted Cruz: 49, Jeb Bush: 45, Rand Paul: 39, Mike Huckabee: 34, Bernie Sanders: 23, Donald Trump: 23, Lincoln Chafee: 16, Lindsey Graham: 12, Martin O'Malley: 10, Carly Fiorina: 7, Jim Webb: 7, Bobby Jindal: 6, Ben Carson: 3, George Pataki: 1.

Donald Trump's Fact Checked Claims


Rick Perry and Scott Walker made at least 48 false claims each.

Rick Perry (165 total checked claims) and Scott Walker (144) both made at least 48 completely false claims each.

Claims per candidate: Pants on fire! and false claims (sorted by total fact-checked claims)

Note: Total claims by each candidate -- Rick Perry: 165, Scott Walker: 144, Hillary Clinton: 111, Chris Christie: 93, Marco Rubio: 93, Joe Biden: 69, Rick Santorum: 56, John Kasich: 51, Ted Cruz: 49, Jeb Bush: 45, Rand Paul: 39, Mike Huckabee: 34, Bernie Sanders: 23, Donald Trump: 23, Lincoln Chafee: 16, Lindsey Graham: 12, Martin O'Malley: 10, Carly Fiorina: 7, Jim Webb: 7, Bobby Jindal: 6, Ben Carson: 3, George Pataki: 1.

Immigration and Health Care are the most recurring subjects among the claims by Rick Perry classified as "Pants on Fire!". Scott Walker, on the other hand, prefers to lie about State Budget.

Claims with Rick Perry as Author and Pants on Fire! as Fact-Check Result grouped by Subject


In fact, Scott Walker is the author of 25% of all the Pants on Fire, False and Mostly False assertions made about budget (state, city, federal...), 

False, Mostly False and Pants on Fire! claims grouped by Author and filtered for "Budget".

Note: Total claims by each candidate -- Rick Perry: 165, Scott Walker: 144, Hillary Clinton: 111, Chris Christie: 93, Marco Rubio: 93, Joe Biden: 69, Rick Santorum: 56, John Kasich: 51, Ted Cruz: 49, Jeb Bush: 45, Rand Paul: 39, Mike Huckabee: 34, Bernie Sanders: 23, Donald Trump: 23, Lincoln Chafee: 16, Lindsey Graham: 12, Martin O'Malley: 10, Carly Fiorina: 7, Jim Webb: 7, Bobby Jindal: 6, Ben Carson: 3, George Pataki: 1.

Candidate's biography: Ted Cruz target of most allegations checked as 'ridiculous'.

Of the six Pants on Fire! claims made about presidential candidats, 4 attack Ted Cruz. 

Claims datacards with Pants on Fire! as Fact-Check Result and Candidate Biography as Subject


Interactive: Explore 1,000 claims by author, candidate mentioned, subject, result.

Claims with Hillary Clinton as Author grouped by Fact-Check Result


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