MSNBC Tom Costello did a great job in dispelling Trump's lie about Democratic cities being crime-infested compared to Republican-run cities. A segment like this is well overdue.
Tom Costello obliterates another Trump Lie
Watch the full episode here.
Donald Trump continued to lie to Americans about crime-infested cities run by Democrats. Tom Costello, in a well-done report, dispels the notion that it has anything to do with Party affiliation. Moreover, here is a pertinent piece from BBC News.
As of September 2020, the top 100 largest US cities are run by 64 Democrats, 28 Republicans, three independents and four non-partisans. Mr Trump has blamed Democrats for high rates of violent crime in cities they control. But the FBI has warned against using its statistics in a way which ranks cities and oversimplifies what causes crime.
“These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mould crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region,” it says on its website. “Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents.”
Mr. Trump has also said that Democratic-run cities are “rampant with crime”, but some of the fastest increases in murder rates are in Republican-run cities. Data from local police departments does show stark increases in Democratic-run Chicago and New York. But that's also a trend seen in some Republican-run metropolitan areas.
Lexington in Kentucky, a city of over 300,000 people, has seen 84.6% increase in murders when compared with the same period in 2019, for example. “Murder is up about 25% nationally including nearly identical change in Democratic and Republican-run cities,” says US crime analyst Jeff Asher.
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