Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has spent the last several weeks attempting to win over minority voters who he has been alienating from his campaign for the last year. Trump has had little success turning around public opinion that he is a racist and is only now pandering to minorities because he recently realized he cannot win the presidency with the votes of white people alone. As Trump grows more desperate so does his rhetoric. Trump Tweeted on August 29:
Inner-city crime is reaching record levels. African-Americans will vote for Trump because they know I will stop the slaughter going on!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2016
Trump’s statement that crime has reached “record levels” is not even remotely in line with reality.
Using data from 2014 there were about 658 violent crimes per 100,000 residents of a large population area. This is a significant drop from 2006 that showed there were about 868 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Of those violent crimes, murder rates also fell. 2006 murder rates were around 12 per 100,000 residents, and in 2014 the number was around 7 murders per 100,000 residents. Politifact rated Trump’s statement as “pants on fire”, the worst rating one can receive for an erroneous statement.
The rhetoric used by Trump is easily disproved, but his supporters do not care about facts. Further, Trump’s statement that he “will stop the slaughter going on” is baseless, as he has offered exactly zero policy positions as to how he would accomplish his goal. Previously Trump claimed to have spoken to a “top” law enforcement official in Chicago where Trump relayed the mystery individual’s promise that if given “one week” they would be able to drastically reduce violent crime. The actual boss of the Chicago Police Department said Trump was a liar, and that no such conversation had ever happened.