President Trump held a meeting on Tuesday with the National Sheriff’s Association. As the POTUS sat across the table from a group of lawmakers he told an outright lie about the murder rates in America.
“At one point [Trump] said the country’s murder rate is highest it’s been in 45-47 years. He singled out Chicago. He said Chicago is worse than some places in the Middle East where there are wars going on,” Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Washington Post was quick to point out that the murder rate is almost at its lowest point in modern recorded history. That info comes directly from the FBI’s database which aggregates murder rates from police departments located all across America.
The US murder rate includes the number of murders and non-negligent homicides per 100,000 residents. Beginning in 1957. The rate at the start of recording was 4.0 murders per 100,000 residents, the rate rose steadily to a high of 10.2 in 1980.
In 1997 the rate dropped quickly to 7.4 and then to 6.1 in 2006 and 4.4 in 2014. It then climbed to 4.9 in 2015. Even with a spike in US-based murders, the rate is still less than half of what was reported in 1980. Keep in mind that the population in the US exploded from 226 million in 1980 to 321 million in 2015.
Here are Donald Trump’s exact words from the Washington Post.
“And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years. I used to use that, I’d say that in a speech and everybody was surprised. Because the press (gestures to reporters) doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to their advantage to say that. But the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, I guess, 45 to 47 years.”
When a sheriff complain about one Texas state senator the President of the United States promised to “destroy” them.
“There’s a state senator in Texas that was talking about legislation to require conviction before we could receive that forfeiture money,” the sheriff said. “And I told him that the cartel would build a monument to him in Mexico if he could get that legislation passed.”
“Who’s the state senator?” Trump asked. “Want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.”
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