Three Minutes and Fifteen Seconds

By Bill Maher

When Adlai Stevenson ran for president in the 1950s, a woman told him, “You’ve got the vote of every thinking person in America,” and he shot back, “Yeah, but I need a majority.” That story may or may not be true, but I think about it every time I hear, “I’d like to vote for Hillary, but I just can’t trust her.”

What does that even mean? Is there a single thing a reasonable person would trust Trump with more than Hillary? A secret? A weekend babysitting your kids? To be a trustee of your will? Nuclear weapons? I literally can’t think of a single thing.

Politico recently examined every single statement Trump made on the campaign trail over the course of a week, and found he lied once “every three minutes and fifteen seconds… In raw numbers, that’s 87 erroneous statements in five days.”

Politico also followed Hillary over the same week, and found she lied eight times. That’s the lie score: 87 to 8. This is empirical data that shows he lies over ten times more than she does.

If you have any doubt over who’s the bigger liar – look at how the two campaigns disagreed over debate moderators. The Clinton team wanted moderators to fact check both candidates, and the Trump campaign said moderators shouldn’t correct even the most obvious lies.

Every fact-checker agrees that she lies less than your typical politician, and he lies more than any person we’ve ever seen. Whose fault is it that more people don’t know this – the candidates’, the media’s, or the voters’?