Public opinion is so accustomed to expecting falsehoods from the US president that fact-check site Politico was overwhelmed by visits during Trump’s State of the Union address.
The popular political fact-checking website crashed for approximately five minutes on Tuesday night during Trump‘s State of the Union address.
“Welp … our website just crashed,” they wrote on Twitter.
Welp … our website just crashed.
Thanks for reading ?!!? We’ll keep things up here on Twitter while we see what happened.
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) January 31, 2018
“No computer on earth could keep up with that volume of lies,” wrote one Twitter user during the crash.
Their servers clearly need an upgrade for this administration. https://t.co/YLgYArAZsP
— Ms. James (@JamestownUS) January 31, 2018
Another wrote, “You can only fact check Trump so many times in a day, & he’s talking a lot tonight lol,”
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) January 31, 2018
— Danielle Campoamor (@DCampoamor) January 31, 2018
Trump’s speech received heavy praise from the whole spectrum of conservatives, Fox News host Sean Hannity calling it “visionary,” while pundit Ann Coulter said it was “Beautifully delivered”
Amazing, inspirational speech @realDonaldTrump To the haters in the media, and those that wanted him to fail, nobody cares what you have to say. America is back. Thank God
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) January 31, 2018
Ha he emphasized “GANGS” and I love my president! #SOTU
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) January 31, 2018
The speech itself went for an hour and 20 minutes and was full of the same divisive nationalist discourse he’s exhibited during his presidency. As always, Trump rang his own bell really hard with a list of alleged achievements – even claiming accomplishments from the previous presidency – while sprinkling his diatribe with everything his base wants to hear.
The ex-reality star used gangs like Mara Salvatrucha as the reason to tighten immigration policies, calling on Congress to “finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13 and other criminal gangs to break into our country.”
According to PolitiFact, Trump made two false statements during his address, three mostly false statements, and one half-true claim.