Throughout his rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday evening, President Donald Trump requested his supporters to ignore federal authorities information displaying {that a} border fence didn’t make El Paso safer, and as a substitute imagine his assertion that the development of fencing alongside the southern border was liable for a dramatic lower in violent crime within the metropolis.

Trump’s feedback indicated he gained’t let info get in the best way of promoting his followers what he needs to promote them — and judging by the uproarious response he acquired, they’re keen to purchase it.

“I spoke to individuals who have been right here a very long time,” Trump stated, contrasting anecdotes with precise crime date. “They stated when the wall went up — it’s a complete totally different ballgame. Is {that a} appropriate assertion? Entire totally different ballgame.”

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Trump went on to dismiss crime information offered by “the pretend information” — regardless that the related numbers in reality come from the FBI — with an inscrutable rant about “previous crimes”:

I heard the identical factor from the pretend information. They stated, “Oh, crime truly stayed the identical.” It didn’t keep the identical. It went means down. And have a look at what they did to their previous crimes, and have a look at how they recorded these previous crimes. It went means, means down.

These folks — you understand, you’d assume they’d need to unravel an issue, and clear up an issue, not attempt to pull the wool over all people’s eyes. So for these few folks which are on the market on tv saying, “Oh, it didn’t make an excessive amount of of a distinction” — it made a tremend— folks from El Paso, am I proper? It’s pretend information. I’m telling ya, it’s simply pretend information. And you understand what? You wouldn’t even should know, you possibly can say that robotically with out even realizing. It’s apparent, it’s frequent sense.

The truth is it’sTrump who’s attempting to “pull the wool over all people’s eyes.”

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The info about El Paso’s border barrier and violent crime

Trump’s feedback on Monday evening echoed what he stated about El Paso throughout his State of the Union speech final week — that fencing alongside its border with Ciudad Juárez put in throughout 2008 and 2009 straight decreased violent crime, regardless that information from the FBI says in any other case.

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El Paso “used to have extraordinarily excessive charges of violent crime — one of many highest within the nation, and regarded one in all our nation’s most harmful cities,” Trump stated throughout SOTU. “Now, with a strong barrier in place, El Paso is one in all our most secure cities.”

There’s only one downside: Trump’s declare is fake. Like many different American cities, violent crime in El Paso has been falling steadily for about 25 years, and really went up barely after border fencing was put in.

CNN put collectively a draft depicting the negligible influence border fencing truly had on crime charges in El Paso.


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In keeping with crime information compiled by the El Paso Occasions, from 2006 to 2011, the violent crime price within the metropolis went up 17 %.

So regardless of Trump would have his supporters imagine, El Paso isn’t truly a case examine of “partitions” working.

“What you’re seeing and what you’re studying isn’t what’s taking place”

Trump — who additionally blatantly lied about how many individuals attended the rally in El Paso — attacked the media all through his speech. He didn’t even cease after a BBC digicam operator was attacked by a person sporting a Trump hat.

Notably, Trump dissed fact-checkers, the journalists who repeatedly level out that he’s unsuitable about issues like a border barrier’s influence on crime charges in El Paso, as “among the most dishonest folks in media.”

His aim, at the very least partially, appears to be to sow doubt that something aside from what he says is true.

Recall what Trump suggested his supporters throughout a speech final July.

“Don’t imagine the crap you see from these folks, the pretend information,” Trump stated. “Simply keep in mind, what you’re seeing and what you’re studying isn’t what’s taking place.”

Alongside these strains, throughout his speech on Monday, Trump was flanked by big “Finish the Wall” banners. However in actuality, he has acquired no cash from Congress to even begin development of the wall.


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