It’s for sure I’m never going to run out of these. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Donald Trump, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. That was so many days ago, and more recently Trump’s occupational pratfalls have advanced to front and center. His determined effort to humiliate himself (also the American image in the process) has eclipsed his lack of familiarity with the truth.
Forge ahead I must. History awaits. Here is number 53:
53. Feb. 7, 2017 — Meeting with the National Sheriffs’ Association
The claim: “The murder rate in our country’s the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? 47 years? I’d say that in a speech and everybody’s surprised. Because the press doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to their advantage to say that.”
In fact: The homicide rate is not even close to a 47-year high. In fact, it remains near historic lows. There were 10 homicides per 100,000 residents in 1980, eight per 100,000 residents in 1995; in 2015, the latest year for which there is national data, it was five per 100,000 residents. Trump sometimes correctly notes that the increase in the homicide rate between 2014 and 2015 was the largest in more than 40 years. But that is far different than the actual rate being the highest.
Daniel Dale’s list has since grown. As of 23 March the count was up to 143. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?
Until there is no skin left.