PolitiFact says it had a lot of contenders for this year’s “lie of the year.” There were all those lies about the COVID vaccine, for example. PolitiFact kind of cheated this year, though, and instead of pointing to just one concrete lie, it decided on a blanket award to all of the claims “downplaying the realities and significance of the Capitol insurrection.” We’re tempted to call out PolitiFact for calling it an insurrection, since as far as we know no one’s been charged with that crime. Even the QAnon Shaman was charged and found guilty of obstruction of justice.

In fact, we’re going to go so far as to suggest the lie of the year being claims that overplayed the significance of the riots, such as Sen. Chuck Schumer comparing them to Pearl Harbor and George Will and others comparing them to 9/11. Or the claim that the January 6 attacks were likely to kill a lot more Americans than were killed in the September 11 attacks.

Yeah, 2000 and 2004? Those were both Democratic members of Congress objecting to the certification of electoral votes. And don’t forget the Dems who objected to the certification of Donald Trump’s electoral votes; not only are they not considered insurrectionists, one serves on the January 6 special committee.

Another nominee for lie of the year: Officer Brian Sicknick was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher. That made the New York Times, was included in the Democrats’ impeachment of President Trump, and is still widely believed today.

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