The 20 Worst Liars In American Politics

Ephraim Obare
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Welcome, dear readers, to the spectacular circus of American politics! We have an exciting lineup for you, showcasing the finest, or perhaps not-so-finest, prevaricators in the game. Please note that we are not here to point fingers or play judge. Instead, we will act as your tour guides on this rollercoaster ride through the land of fibs and fabrications.

 

Hold on tight, folks—the truth is indeed stranger than fiction! Now, it’s time to take a stroll down the hall of shame, which is home to the 20 worst liars in American politics. Please keep in mind that this isn’t a comprehensive exploration of their entire political careers, but rather a light-hearted jab at their questionable relationship with the truth.

Richard Nixon

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Of course, topping the list is the infamous Richard Nixon, whose Watergate scandal and subsequent cover-up attempt led to his resignation in 1974. “I am not a crook,” he said, but history begs to differ.

Britannica states that on August 9, 1974, amidst the looming threat of impeachment for his involvement in the infamous scandal, Nixon made history as the sole U.S. president to step down from office.

Bill Clinton

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“I did not have sexu@l relations with that woman.” This infamous line from Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal will forever be etched in American political history.

Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner
Official portrait of United States Congressman Anthony Weiner via Wikimedia Commons

His repeated online sexual indiscretions and the lies to cover them up caused a spectacular fall from grace.

According to The Guardian, once a promising US congressman, Anthony Weiner’s career took a nosedive when he was caught red-handed, sending scandalous texts and explicit images to young women while still married.

Bernie Madoff

Bernie Madoff
Bernard Madoff’s mugshot via Wikimedia Commons

He was not a politician, but his Ponzi scheme and the lies that sustained it significantly impacted politics and legislation.

John Edwards

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He denied having an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer, only to admit it later when the evidence became undeniable.

In a candid interview with Bob Woodruff on ABC News, John Edwards made a shocking admission. He revealed that he had repeatedly lied about an extramarital affair with a 42-year-old campaign employee.

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich
Mug shot of Rod Blagojevich This is THE ONE, almost eight years in jail, the Mug shot of Rod Blagojevich on the 9th of December 2008 by the United States of America Marshals Service via Wikimedia Commons.

The former Illinois governor was convicted on numerous public corruption charges, including trying to sell President Obama’s former Senate seat.

According to Wikipedia, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was caught at the crossroads of corruption, facing federal charges for his involvement in President Obama’s vacant Senate seat and other misdeeds. He met his inevitable downfall with unanimous impeachment, permanent removal from office, and a lifetime ban from holding any public position in the state. The thunderous hammer of justice struck him hard as a federal grand jury indicted him.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart via Wikimedia Commons

She lied about a stock sale, an action that landed her in prison despite its relatively innocuous nature compared to the others on this list.

Eliot Spitzer

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This New York governor resigned after it emerged that he lied about his involvement with pr@stitutes.

“From those to whom much is given, much is expected. I am deeply sorry I did not live up to what was expected of me,” Eliot said. “To every New Yorker, I sincerely apologize.”

David Petraeus

David Petraeus
Official photo of David Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency via Wikimedia Commons

The decorated general and CIA director lied about sharing classified information with his biographer, with whom he was having an affair.

According to NBC News, Petraeus, the country’s most renowned general during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, dramatically fell in 2012. It was revealed that he not only shared classified information with his biographer but was also engaged in a scandalous affair. This shocking revelation left a lasting impact on Petraeus’ reputation and led to significant legal repercussions.

Lance Armstrong

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He was a non-politician, but his lies about doping rocked the world and stripped him of his Tour de France titles.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jesse Jackson, Jr., member of the United States House of Representatives via Wikimedia Commons

He misused campaign funds and lied about it, leading to a prison sentence. Reuters states that Jackson pleaded guilty to illegally using campaign funds on luxuries such as fur capes, celebrity memorabilia, mounted elk heads, and a Rolex watch. He started serving his sentence in August 2013.

Mark Sanford

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The South Carolina governor lied about hiking the Appalachian Trail while visiting his mistress in Argentina.

John Ensign

John Ensign
U.S. Senator John Ensign of Nevada via Wikimedia Commons

He resigned from the Senate amid an ethics investigation into an affair with a staff member’s wife, which he had lied about.

Larry Craig

Larry Craig
Larry Craig, United States Senate, via Wikimedia Commons

The Idaho Senator was arrested for lewd conduct in a men’s restroom, which he lied about in the aftermath.

According to NPR, Craig, a Republican from Idaho, was arrested during a sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Craig used a bathroom there during a layover when an undercover officer said Craig sexu@lly solicited him by tapping his foot.

Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick
Kwame Kilpatrick, Former Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, via Wikimedia Commons

The former Detroit mayor was found guilty of racketeering and extortion charges, which he tried to lie his way out of.

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay
Tom DeLay, former member of the United States House of Representatives, via Wikimedia Commons

The former House Majority Leader was convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering, which he denied involvement in.

Jack Abramoff

Jack Abramoff
Jack Abramoff via Wikimedia Commons

One of the most notorious lobbyists in Washington, Abramoff, was convicted of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials.

According to Ethics Unwrapped, March 29, 2006, marked a turning point in the life of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The verdict was six years in federal prison. His guilty plea for mail fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials drew the curtain on a scandal that captured the nation’s attention.

Charles Rangel

Charles Rangel
United States Congress via Wikimedia Commons

Found guilty of 11 ethics violations, including failure to pay some taxes and improper solicitation of charitable donations.

Jim Traficant

Jim Traficant
James Traficant in the House from Ohio via Wikimedia Commons

The Ohio congressman was expelled from Congress after being convicted of bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion.

George Ryan

George Ryan
George Ryan as Lieutenant Governor, 1989, via Wikimedia Commons

The former Illinois governor was sentenced to prison following a scandal involving driver’s licenses for bribes.

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  • Ephraim Obare

    Ephraim Obare is a versatile member of the Frenz Hub writing team, bringing a rich background in economics to his work. An avid swimmer, reader, and cyclist, Ephraim blends analytical insights with his diverse interests.

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