Well, it’s been at least a week – definitely time for Donald Trump to tweet something awful and racist.
The other day, Trump retweeted this graphic:
Here’s the thing: Pretty much none of this is true. Looking at the fact-checking:
Trump’s graphic states that 81% of whites who are murdered are murdered by blacks. This is false. The actual data shows that 14% of white murder victims are murdered by a black person. (In 2013, it was 13.6%.)
The percentage of blacks murdered by other blacks (89.9%) is similar to the percentage of whites murdered by other whites (82.3%). Trump’s graphic falsely states that 97% of blacks are killed by other blacks but just 16% of whites are killed by other whites.
Oh, and the source? The Crime Statistics Bureau of San Francisco? Literally doesn’t exist. Not an actual thing.
Combine this graphic with Trump’s recent comments that a Black Lives Matter protester who was beat up at one of his rallies (“Maybe he should have been roughed up!“), as well as Trump’s other horrendous comments about Latinos and Muslims, and it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that Trump is a pretty terrible racist.
Even Bill O’Reilly questioned Trump about the tweet, saying he was “bothered” by it (even if he didn’t think Trump was a racist) and that it gave others an opportunity to paint Trump as such. Trump, defending himself, said that he, “retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert” and noted that he was tweeted at millions of times during the day – far too often to fact-check every tweet sent his way.
Of course, that concept is accurate – but no human being expects you to fact check the things that OTHERS tell you. What is perfectly reasonable, of course, is that you fact check things that you say or retweet. Trump, however, clearly has no cares about reality or facts. He has previously said that others run his Twitter account, and I suspect that those others know exactly what they are doing. Trump is blatantly race-baiting in an attempt to appeal to the worst of the Republican party.
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