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“I can definitively say the president is not a liar”

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In case you missed this, yesterday afternoon, in the aftermath of the James Comey testimony, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press, “I can definitely say the president is not a liar.”

This is a preposterous lie.

But, please, don’t just trust my words. And don’t just believe this pointed column.

First, here’s a compilation of then candidate Trump’s lies during the campaign. Second, here’s a running tally of Trump’s lies throughout his presidency thus far. It’s extremely comprehensive, and impressive.

Third, here’s my quick summary. It dates back three decades, to when Donald Trump was involved with the United States Football League. As many here know, I’m writing a book about the ol’ league, so it’s an area of expertise.

When it comes to the USFL, Trump lied like few other could lie. First, he lied when negotiating to buy the team by saying he liked the USFL as a fall league (as soon as he was approved, he fought for the league to move to spring). Second, he lied repeatedly about the amount of money he spent on the team. Third, he lied about his TV contacts and who/what he knew when it came to landing a deal in the spring. Fourth, he lied about the details of his meeting with NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. Fifth, he lied about his relationship with Rozelle. Sixth, he lied about his motivation for entering the league. Seventh, he lied about the value of his franchise. Eighth, he lied about the nature of signing Doug Flutie. Ninth … ah, fuck.

It goes on.

And on.

And on.

And on.

You can like Trump, you can hate Trump.

But not a liar?

Eh, no.

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

— Seth Davis, author of Wooden: A Coach's Life