Donald Trump on Monday morning attacked Germany for what he perceives to be a sudden increase in crime throughout the country. Trump says that crime has been brought on by millions of immigrants fleeing Syria and other war-torn regions.
In his tweet, Trump claims the people of Germany “turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition.”
Here’s Trump’s full tweet:
The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
Now let’s dissect Trump’s tweet starting with Germany’s crime rate increases. The crime rate according to data pulled by the Telegraph, is actually the lowest it has been in 30 years. The publication quotes Interior Minister Horst Seehofer who said on May 9, 2018 that “Germany has become safer.”
But how much safer is Germany? In a telling piece of data, crime rates for “non-German nationals” has fallen by 23% year-over-year from 950,000 to 700,000.
In fact, it appears that a majority of new attacks are actually committed by Germans against immigrants. The Telegraph further explains that antisemitic attacks have increased by 2.5% because of “imported antisemitism” while “attacks on Jews by far-right German nationals… accounted for 94% of antisemitic attacks.”
Germany’s crime rates are currently the lowest they have been since 1992. Here’s the government’s official data.
Still, Trump did get at least part of his tweet correct. Because of perceived threats in Germany, Angela Merkel’s approval rating has slipped. At the start of her term, Merkel received a 75% approval rating, that number according to DW, slipped to 57% at the start of her fourth term as chancellor.