November 23, 2015 4:37 pm -


Crime stats are released by the FBI. Donald Trump tweeted fake statistics by a group that sounds official but seems not to exist.

Official crime statistics for the United States are collected by the FBI. The racial breakdown of the victims and offenders for murders are detailed in a report that is released yearly. The 2015 report, therefore, has not yet been released.

The data, however, is stable from year-to-year. The FBI’s 2014 report, which was released in late September, reveals that the statistics in Trump’s graphic are fake and designed to stoke racial prejudice against blacks.

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.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.