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Josie Hollingsworth
By Josie Hollingsworth December 7, 2021

Each year, PolitiFact awards the Lie of the Year to the most significant falsehood or exaggeration that worked to undermine an accurate narrative. 

The 2020 designation went to downplay and denial about the coronavirus

We’ve made our selection this year (special report coming next week!) but, before that, we’re asking readers to weigh in.  

Question: What do you think should be the Lie of the Year for 2021?

Review the following entries, then vote in the form below.

  • Donald Trump - "We won. We won in a landslide. This was a landslide." Pants on Fire.
  • Donald Trump - Says Biden "didn’t win in Arizona. He lost in Arizona based on the forensic audit." Pants on Fire "In 2020 we won (Wisconsin)." Pants on Fire. Georgia didn’t update its voter rolls prior to the 2020 presidential election; "this means we (you!) won the presidential election in Georgia." Pants on Fire
  • Joe Biden - Al-Qaida is "gone" from Afghanistan. False
  • Joe Biden - "The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own." False
  • U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga. - "If you didn't know the TV footage was from Jan. 6, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit." Pants on Fire.
  • Bloggers - "Millions have died from COVID injections." Pants on Fire.
  • Instagram posts - A video shows an animal chip scanner detecting a microchip where a woman was vaccinated. Pants on Fire.
  • Fox News Channel - Biden's climate requirements will "cut 90% of red meat from diet" to a "max 4 lbs per year" and "one burger per month." Pants on Fire
  • Tucker Carlson - "Unbeknownst to most people, the Green New Deal came to Texas; the power grid in the state became totally reliant on windmills." Pants on Fire.
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