- Thomson Reuters
Non-partisan fact-checking website PolitiFact could not keep up with requests and crashed during President Donald Trump’s first-ever State of the Union on Tuesday.
“Welp … our website just crashed,” PolitiFact’s website tweeted at 9:49 p.m. EST, only to announce they were back online five minutes later.
According to PolitiFact’s post-speech scorecard, Trump tallied two False statements, three Mostly False, one Half True, three Mostly True, and one True. Trump avoided the site’s notorious “pants on fire” rating for blatantly false statements.
His only fully incorrect statement was about his tax cuts, which he claimed were the biggest in Amercian history. PolitiFact pointed out: “In inflation-adjusted dollars, the recent tax bill is the fourth-largest since 1940. And as a percentage of GDP, it ranks seventh.”
A fact check from the Associated Press found similar issues with Trump’s speech.