It looks like making promises and not keeping them is part of a politician’s job nowadays. While many exaggerate their successes or later find various reasons to justify their failures, some take things further. Here are the best-known politicians who were caught in a lie or bending the truth.
Many of the Nixon tapes were released decades after the Watergate scandal, revealing how much the former president was involved in deceiving the public. But to be fair, Nixon warned us all: “I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue,” the former president said while reflecting on the Watergate scandal.
During his presidency, Clinton, a moderate Democrat, enjoyed popularity, so when the scandal about him and then the 20-something intern broke, the whole world was watching. Clinton famously said about Monica Lewinsky, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Lewinsky turned the dress to the investigators, proving that Clinton indeed had relations, if not with her, then with her dress.
The former secretary of state was forced to admit she exaggerated her stories about her time in the 1990s. The former presidential candidate said, “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead, we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.” The video painted a different picture, and Clinton backtracked.
The former Speaker of the House blamed the Obama administration for the closure of a GM plant in his hometown. The problem is that the plant closed before Obama entered the White House. Although there were several attempts to bend the truth and make Obama and his administration look like bad guys, this was the easiest to prove.
The politician, supremacist, and conspiracy theorist is well known for his theories regarding Jewish people and involvement in the Klan. The Holocaust denier wrote in his book, “In modern America, Jews lead the effort to de-Christianize America…” He also alleged that the Charleston church shooting was a false flag operation.
The extension of Trump’s alleged lies will be proven in court, considering the former president faces 91 charges. But, here is something that he said several times that is simply false: “You have some states that are allowed to kill the child after birth.” He also told CNN, “We gave $85 billion worth of equipment to the Taliban.” This is not a lie, but it is a gross exaggeration since the estimation is that the equipment left was worth around 7 billion. Trump also said that Nancy Pelosi was “responsible for January 6.” Speaker of the House is NOT in charge of Capitol security.
In February 2020, Biden said that he “got arrested trying to see” Nelson Mandela in prison. He repeated this claim but soon told CNN, “When I said arrested, I meant I was not able, I was not able to move … I wasn’t arrested, I was stopped. I was not able to move where I wanted to go.”
The former politician enjoyed popularity in his New York district until allegations of inappropriate behavior emerged. In 2011, after Pelosi called for an investigation into Weiner, he resigned. But, in 2013, he attempted a comeback, and finally, in 2017, under a plea bargain, he intended to plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. Weiner initially claimed he was hacked, but the evidence was overwhelming.
In 2007, the retired Idaho politician was arrested at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Craig told the public that the officer misconstrued his actions, explaining, “I am not gay. I never have been gay…” He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Kwame M. Kilpatrick
The 72nd Mayor of Detroit served approximately seven years in prison for his role in a racketeering and bribery scheme while he held public office. The initial sentence was 28 years in prison. The former Mayor also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after lying to cover up an extramarital affair.