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Katie Sanders
By Katie Sanders November 29, 2022

Vote in our reader poll before we release our 2022 Lie of the Year!

PolitiFact awards the Lie of the Year to the most significant falsehood or exaggeration that worked to undermine an accurate narrative. Lies downplaying the significance of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack "won" in 2021. The 2020 "winner" was denial about the coronavirus pandemic. 

Question: What do you think should be 2022’s Lie of the Year? 

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

  1. Nevada secretary of state candidate Jim Marchant: "President Trump and I lost an election in 2020 because of a rigged election." Pants on Fire!

  2. Restoration PAC: Democratic Wisconsin Senate candidate Mandela Barnes supports killing "preemies" — "infants born prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy." Pants on Fire!

  3. Vladimir Putin: Ethnic Russians face "genocide perpetrated by the Kyiv regime." False

  4. Joe Biden: "On my watch, for the first time in 10 years, seniors are getting an increase in their Social Security checks." Pants on Fire!

  5. Donald Trump: At the Pelosi house, "the glass it seems was broken from the inside to the out, so it wasn’t a break-in, it was a breakout." Pants on Fire!

  6. Donald Trump: "President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!" Pants on Fire!

  7. Stacey Abrams: "(Georgia Gov.) Brian Kemp wants to investigate and punish women for having miscarriages." False

  8. Facebook posts: Schools are putting litter boxes in bathrooms to accommodate kids who identify as furries. Pants on Fire!

  9. Write in your nomination

 
Correction: Option #7's fact-check on Putin was linked incorrectly to a different check on the Russian leader. It is labeled correctly now. 
 
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