Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump keeps making a systematic effort to convince Americans to reject the actual facts of his dealings with Ukraine.
Trump made 50 false claims last week. Thirteen were related to Democrats' Ukraine-centric impeachment inquiry. This was the fifth consecutive week that Trump made more false claims about the impeachment inquiry or Ukraine than about any other subject.
Fifty false claims from the President in seven days is not good, per se, but it is an improvement from his recent barrage of dishonesty, which included an October week of 129 false claims.
Fifty false claims is the fourth-lowest total for the 17 weeks we have fact-checked at CNN since July 8
Trump made 16 of the 50 false claims at his campaign rally in Mississippi. He made 11 on Twitter.
The most egregious false claims: On the whistleblower
The whistleblower who complained about Trump's Ukraine-related behavior has been the primary target of his multi-front effort to rewrite the reality of the story.
Just last week, Trump said on three more occasions that the whistleblower's account of his phone call with the president of Ukraine was "so wrong" and "very inaccurate" (in fact, the rough transcript Trump released proved the whistleblower's account was highly accurate); that the whistleblower "has disappeared" (no); and that Democrat Adam Schiff was, somehow, the one to "pick" the whistleblower (also no).
The most revealing false claim: The Dunns' non-meeting
Trump, a former reality television star who has demonstrated better instincts for drama than for empathy, apparently tried to stage a surprise encounter between Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat, and the parents of Harry Dunn, the British 19-year-old who was killed in a car crash in which police believe Sacoolas was involved.
The Dunns had accepted an invitation to the White House. They were aghast, though, when Trump unexpectedly told them Sacoolas was also in the building, and they declined Trump's offer to bring her into the room.
Trump compounded the offense in an interview on British radio last week with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Trump said: "Well, I had a meeting set up but all of a sudden, I guess, lawyers got involved. But I had a meeting set up."
There was never a meeting set up, said family spokesman Radd Seiger, who told CNN that Trump's claim was "a lie."
The most absurd false claim: The CNN camera
We've already delved into this one, so we won't belabor the point, but let's think about it one more time.
The President looked at his supporters at the Mississippi rally, pointed at the back of the room, and told them he had just seen something: the light on CNN's camera being turned off as he criticized CNN.
He had not seen that. CNN's photojournalist on the scene has his "tally light" permanently set to off, so it is never visible, and he never stopped recording as Trump was speaking.
Trump lies a lot about policy and politics. To lie that he is seeing something he is not seeing is next-level weird.
Below is this week's full list of 50 false claims, starting with the ones we haven't included in a weekly update before:
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