Donald Trump loves to twist facts into outrageous lies to prove a beleaguered point. Despite the fact that a recent study was published about a rise in crime in England that proved absolutely nothing about terrorism, Trump used the study in a tweet to defend his Muslim ban and his xenophobic fear-mongering anyway.
There’s one major problem with Trump’s tweet: nowhere in the actual report are there numbers that say or prove anything about terrorism from refugees, citizens, or immigrants of Islamic faith being responsible for any rise in crime. Not even the insinuation exists within the report nor can the data be manipulated to backup Trump’s tweet.
What the report does show, however, is that crimes due to terrorism are actually down by two percent in the UK.
While Americans are embarrassed and outraged by Trump’s Twitter nonsense every day, the president now has a whole new group of outraged respondents to his tweet. Elected leaders in the United Kingdom are, in no uncertain terms, telling Trump to “butt out” and leave them and their country out of his absurd fear-peddling against Muslims.
British members of parliament (MPs) spoke out against Trump’s tweet with unified outrage. MP Yvette Cooper, who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, asserted that:
‘Hate crime in the UK has gone up by almost 30 per cent and rubbish like this tweet from Donald Trump is designed to provoke even more of it.
‘It is appalling that we have reached the point where inflammatory and ignorant statements from the President of the United States are now seen as normal.
‘If we are to properly tackle hate crime and every other crime, we have to challenge this kind of nonsense.’
It seems that politicians in Britain do not want their crime statistics exploited to promote a populist agenda, mostly since it is exactly that sort of populism that is responsible for the rise in crime. Jo Swinson, Deputy Leader of the Libs Dem, said just that:
‘Stop misleading and spreading fear…Hate crime is up and it is fueled by the kind of populist xenophobia you peddle.’
Labour Party MP Chris Bryant was even more to the point:
‘Butt out of it mister president. You have more murders in New York or Chicago every year than we do in the whole country so we’re not going to take any lessons from you.’
Twitter users, both from the United Kingdom and the United States, pointed out the hypocrisy of a U.S. president criticizing “radical Islamic terrorism” while terrorist attack from white, male gun owners presents a far bigger problem on American soil, while others focused on Trump’s seeming inability to tell the truth about virtually anything.
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