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Why We Trust People Who Are Clearly Untrustworthy

Simply put, trusting others is a psychological default setting that’s tough to change.

This presidential election season has highlighted quite a number of fascinating human behaviors, but one stands out. The PolitiFact team has consistently analyzed candidates’ statements and found many of them to be largely or completely false. And while that may not be unusual in politicians, it is remarkable how little of a liability it’s proving in one candidate in particular: PolitiFact has labeled Donald Trump’s statements “mostly false” over 65% of the time, yet he’s still leading the Republican pack.

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