Donald Trump’s acceptance speech from the Republican National Convention was simply one of the most angry and dreadful acceptance speeches in modern American history. Worse still it was seriously flawed when it came to the ‘fact’s Trump used.
FALSE: “The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year.”
This statistic apparently comes from an outdated, poorly worded USA Today headline. But according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, on-duty deaths of police officers are actually down 1 percent in 2016 compared to the same point in 2015
FALSE: “Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60 percent in nearby Baltimore.”
Trump is referring to research that found a 17 percent increase in homicides in large US cities, including alarming spikes in Washington, DC, and Baltimore. For DC, that sharp increase came between 2014 and 2015 — so far in 2016, murder is down 9 percent.
FALSE: “Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement”
Nationwide, violent crime is actually at its lowest point since 1970, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, and the number is steadily declining.
I just want to add that Crime has indeed plummeted for decades. The murder rate, for example, fell by more than half from a peak in 1980 (10.2 per 100,000 people) to a decade low in 2014 (4.5 per 100,000 people).
There’s simply no evidence that a federal “rollback of criminal enforcement” has led to a reversal of those trends. The murder rate was at historic lows in 2014, and there aren’t full nationwide statistics for all of 2015 or even part of 2016 yet.
FALSE: “In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map”
The terrorist group, which has roots going as far back as 2004, renamed itself to the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006. The extremist organization was established by Sunni terrorist Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, according to the National Counterterrorism Center.
FALSE: “Libya was stable. Egypt was peaceful.”
Libya’s relationship with the United States has been tense for the last 35 years, despite a May 2006 attempt at diplomacy from the Bush administration. The nation claimed responsibility for a 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, killing 270 people. Even after the opening of diplomacy between the U.S. and Libya in 2006, the relationship remained in turmoil, according to a 2011 Congressional report.
Egypt was anything but peaceful in the years leading up to 2009, with the nation having consistently violated human rights for decades. The country had been involved in multiple political assassinations, kidnappings, cases of torture and violent protests for several years, the U.S. Department of State reported in 2010.
FALSE: “America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world”
Not even close. On a list of 34 nations by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States doesn’t even crack the top 30. The only countries that have lower taxes than the U.S. are South Korea and Chile. Countries like Denmark, Belgium and France are taxed almost twice as much as the U.S.
FALSE: “Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons”
The Iran Deal signed by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany was literally written to suspend Iran’s nuclear program for a decade.
FALSE: “Our trade deficit in goods reached — think of this — our trade deficit is $800 billion last year alone.”
This is just false. The manufacturing trade deficit is large, but it was $681 billion in 2015, not “nearly $800 billion.”
Those were just the claims that Trump presented as facts. In other parts of the speech, he also makes lofty promises like guaranteeing an end to all crime if he’s in the White House. Does that mean he will place this country under martial law?