Former President Donald Trump falsely claimed on Tuesday that US crime statistics are “only” going up. In fact, most US crime numbers went down last year – and the decreases included one of the largest national declines in murder ever recorded.

Trump’s speech in Michigan focused on crime perpetrated by people who illegally entered the US. After he said that crime in Venezuela has fallen amid a wave of emigration from the South American country – and exaggerated the extent of Venezuela’s improvement – he added, “Wouldn’t we love to have a statistic where crime is down 67%? Ours is only going in one direction.” He pointed sharply upward with his hand.

Facts FirstTrump’s claim that US crime statistics are only going up is false. Murder, other kinds of reported violent crime and reported property crime all dropped in 2023, according to preliminary statistics published by the FBI. Crime data expert Jeff Asher says that, if confirmed by final data, the roughly 13% decline in murder would be the single biggest one-year drop on record in US data dating back to 1960, while the roughly 6% decline in reported violent crime would be one of the biggest on record; reported violent crime declined in every quadrant of the country, in cities of all sizes and in in rural communities. In addition, as Asher has pointed out, partial urban data for early 2024 shows that the number of murders again declined sharply in the first two months of this year.

  • @RestrictedAccount
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    762 months ago

    This is Biden’s biggest problem. A big chunk of people watch Fox News when they just say how bad Biden is over and over and over ad nauseam.

    Propaganda works.

    • FenrirIII
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      232 months ago

      It’s everywhere. Trump is the dictator of choice for fascists, oligarchs, and foreign powers.

    • @FreakinSteve
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      Not Fox News…radical fascist AM radio. It is still by far the biggest disseminator of propaganda and the entire goal of eliminating the Fairness Doctrine and passing the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Anyone below early Gen Z has no concept of an America in which there was not a propaganda onslaught. We fell right into Orwell’s dystopia.

      • @RestrictedAccount
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        12 months ago

        What you say is true, but I know too many people with full time jobs that aren’t listening to AM radio that think this way for it to be the only problem.

        BTW, Father Caughlin started this in the early days of radio.

    • @UnderpantsWeevil
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      A big chunk of people watch Fox News

      Sinclair Media and Clear Channel Communications have a near-monopoly on local TV and radio news networks. NPR is increasingly dominated by AEI goons and associated corporate flakes. There’s still a substantial amount of money to be made selling people door cams and home security systems and school/office metal detectors and private security services.

      So we get a steady diet of “Crime Rates Skyrocketing!” from even the most benign-seeming news agencies that need advertising revenue and corporate patronage to exist.