Trump Falsely Claims U.S. Murder Rate is at Highest in 40 Years

HeadlineFeb 08, 2017

President Trump met Tuesday with members of the National Sheriffs’ Association, during which he lied about the U.S. murder rate, falsely claiming it is the highest it’s been in more than four decades.

President Donald Trump: “I’d say that in a speech, and everybody was surprised, because the press doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to their advantage to say that. But the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, I guess, from 45 to 47 years.”

In fact, the FBI says the U.S. murder rate is at one of its lowest points in the last 50 years. Trump also repeatedly lied about the murder rate during the 2016 campaign.

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