President Donald Trump lied on Thursday for no apparent reason about the historicity of his State of the Union address viewership.
"45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history," Trump wrote on Twitter. It is not the highest number. In fact, it's the sixth highest since Neilson began tracking in 1993.
Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2018
Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all pulled better numbers during their tenure.
As usual, the White House tried to spin the president's lie into something resembling a possible fact, saying he meant cable news history. PolitiFact explains why this claim is absurd.
"That works only if we exclude Trump’s Joint Address to Congress in 2017 and only include the three major cable networks (CNN, Fox News Network and MSNBC) dating back to 2001, when all three aired the address."
Trump lies all the time, but quoting a number that disproves the lie in the same sentence as the lie makes this whopper a feat worth noting.