President Donald Trump repeated PolitiFact's freshly minted "lie of the year," and got down to work on spreading a contender for next year's dubious honor.


The nonpartisan fact-checking organization on Tuesday morning named Trump's insistence that allegations of Russian election interference were a "hoax" as its lie of the year, and the president tweeted the claims anew a few minutes later.

"Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia," Trump tweeted, "so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!"

The president has denied the allegations of at least 19 women who say Trump made unwelcome sexual advances or worse, but the tweet seems to be the most forceful insistence that he'd never even met his accusers.