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    Trump's Statements Reveal Poor Relationship With Truth: Analysis
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    Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump faces reporters during a news conference before a scheduled campaign rally, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Worcester, Mass.

    From the start, Donald Trump's presidential campaign has taken exaggeration and lies that are part of the campaign trail to a level we haven't seen before in American politics, according to NBC News' First Read team. Early in the primary race, Trump called Mexican immigrants drug traffickers and rapists. 

    Most recently, Trump claimed that “thousands and thousands of people were cheering” in Jersey City, New Jersey, when the twin towers came down. The mayor of Jersey City and officials said that did not happen, and there are no news reports of people cheering in the street, The New York Times pointed out. "An Internet rumor about people cheering in the streets, which said it was in Paterson, not Jersey City, has been denied numerous times by city and police officials," according to the Times. When ABC pressed Trump on his statement, he stood his ground. "It did happen. I saw it... It was on television. I saw it," he said. 

    Trump also retweeted a graphic falsely claiming that African Americans are responsible for the killing of most blacks and whites in America. But the Washington Post said, that is simply not true. "According to data from the FBI, most whites are killed by whites, as most blacks are killed by blacks. There's an obvious reason for that: Most people are killed by someone they know."