President has shown he cannot be trusted
If President Trump lies, tweets or makes false statements about issues that can clearly be fact checked, how can the American public, Congress, U.S. military and foreign leaders believe him on classified information that involves a national security crisis? Trump has an inflated self-image, is impulsive and relies on alt-right “alternative facts” to support his views.
Years before Trump began his campaign for president, he repeated the lie that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. During the presidential campaign, Trump accused rival Ted Cruz’s father of helping assassinate JFK.
Trump claimed he had the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. Aerial photographs clearly show he lied.
Without evidence, Trump told Congress 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote. The claim is not supported by any verifiable facts, and analyses of the election found virtually no confirmed cases of voter fraud, let alone millions.
Trump falsely claims he had the biggest electoral win since President Ronald Reagan. Trump’s 306-electoral vote win was less than Obama’s 332 votes in 2012 and President George H.W. Bush’s 426 votes in 1988.
Citing no evidence, Trump claims the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower. The FBI, DOJ, NSA and the congressional Intelligence Committees have found no such evidence.
A president’s words are powerful and must be based on facts. Trump’s preference to assert and cling to untruths, in the face of contrary evidence, raises questions about his judgment and temperament. Trust once squandered is not easily, if ever, regained.