WaPo ‘fact checks’ Trump claim that burgers at Clemson WH reception stacked a ‘mile high’

WaPo ‘fact checks’ Trump claim that burgers at Clemson WH reception stacked a ‘mile high’
'Before' shot: Clemson Tigers descend on the feast at the White House. CNN video

[Ed. – Evidently the Washington Post’s Philip Bump is unfamiliar expressions like ‘I’m hungry enough to eat a horse’ and other examples of harmless exaggeration. The irony is that the title of the piece — ‘President Trump’s extravagant, $3,000, 300-sandwich celebration of Clemson University’ — uses a little exaggeration in calling a $3,000 cash outlay ‘extravagant.’]

There is one other asterisk worth noting. In other comments, Trump — in true Trump fashion — suddenly more than tripled the hamburger count.

Trump says they bought “1,000 burgers” for Clemson. “It was piled up a mile high,” he said pic.twitter.com/Nu8EfToB6R

— Tom Schad (@Tom_Schad) January 14, 2019

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FACT CHECK: At two inches each, a thousand burgers would not reach one mile high.

Had Trump instead invested his entire net worth — $3.1 billion per Forbes last year — on $5 sandwiches, each two inches high? A stack of hamburgers nearly 20,000 miles high.

It would require quite a large silver serving platter.

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