Trump on Crime: Wild-Eyed and Wrong (12/8/16)

Donald Trump on Crime: Wild-Eyed and Wrong

Donald Trump on Crime, Des Moines, Iowa, December 8 2016:

“On crime, the murder rate has experienced its largest increase in 45 years. We’re going to support the incredible men and women of law enforcement, and we are going to bring this terrible crime wave to an end.”

Let’s actually look over the last 45 years. The actual U.S. murder rate per 100,000 population, 1970-2015, according to FBI Uniform Crime Reports:

United States Murder Rate, 1970 to 2015: a steep decline, not an increase

The murder rate has not experienced its largest increase in 45 years. There is not a terrible crime wave. Yet again, Donald Trump’s facts are simply, indisputably wrong.

It may interest you to know according to a newsbank search, not one news organization in the United States either reported on or fact-checked the falsehood spoken by Donald Trump in his Iowa speech. The major news outlets have disseminated Donald Trump’s speech without correction.