President Trump Promotes Lie Suggesting a Connection Between Islamic Religion and Crime Rates

Philip Bump // The U.K. agency that compiled the data in Trump’s terrorism tweet disagrees with his assessment – The Washington Post – The second argument Trump makes — the argument he makes more frequently — is that immigration leads to and is a significant cause of crime in the U.S. There’s his claim that we need to build a wall on the Mexican border to cut down on drug smuggling and criminal illegal aliens, though most smuggling happens through existing checkpoints and immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.

Trump also argues that immigration heightens the threat of terrorism in the United States. This is the motivation for his calls for a ban on Muslim immigration on the campaign trail, which evolved into his travel ban as president. Often when there’s an apparent terror attack overseas Trump rushes to link that attack to the need for greater protection in the U.S. (sometimes even before it’s acknowledged as a terror attack).

On Friday morning, Trump once again rushed to tie bad news from across the Atlantic to his domestic policy priorities, via Twitter.

We must keep America safe, Trump argues, because, quote, “United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.” What’s being quoted there isn’t clear; Google doesn’t return any article that includes such a sentence and it apparently wasn’t on “Fox and Friends.” The source of the quote is important because knowing where it came from would presumably allow us to understand the argument underlying the claim. Without that argument, we’re left with the statement itself.

Let’s at least evaluate that.

The 13 percent increase comes from a report released on Thursday by the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom. The Post called ONS and asked if the claim made by Trump was an accurate assessment of what they found.

“The simple answer,” a spokesman told us by phone, “is that our statistical release bulletin yesterday made no link between terrorism and violent crime.”

We asked what the less-simple answer was.

“That is the answer,” he replied. “There is a simple answer. There is no long answer.”

James Masters and Richard Allen Greene, CNN // Trump incorrectly suggests link between terrorism and rising UK crime rate – CNNPolitics

ONS also notes that overall crime figures are down from where they were a decade ago, including an 18% fall in victim-based crime.
UK politicians were unimpressed with Trump’s tweet.
Opposition Labour party lawmaker Tulip Siddiq simply wrote: “Delete your account.”
Trump has previously cited terror incidents in the UK to bolster his position that tougher terrorism policies and his travel ban are needed in the US.
Last month, he railed against “loser terrorists” behind the London Tube explosion and suggested that the perpetrator was known to authorities and recruited on the Internet, prompting British Prime Minister Theresa May and a London police spokesperson to publicly rebuke the President.
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