The United States currently has a disastrous border policy. News that immigration officials are forcibly separating children from their parents has blown up over the last week. The ensuing controversy has forced multiple Republicans to denounce the administration’s policy, perhaps most notably, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Never one to miss an opportunity for a blatant lie to distract from his failures on the floor, President Trump decided to compare the United States’ policy to Germany’s, implying that because Germany isn’t doing what we’re doing, their crime has gone way up.
He tweeted on Monday:
The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
There’s just one problem: Germany’s crime rates are at their lowest since 1992. While Prime Minister Merkel’s immigration policies have been controversial in the country (they’ve taken in the largest number of Syrian refugees of any Western nation), this has had no correlation with a rise in crime. If we’re playing the assumptions game, one could draw a non-scientific correlative conclusion that German immigration policies helped drive crime down.
People were quick to point out the President’s lie:
— Sam Vinograd (@sam_vinograd) June 18, 2018
Merkel remains Germany‘s most popular politician in a poll released last week. She has been our Chancellor since 2005. pic.twitter.com/nCi3WOSznv
— Aaron Burnett (@FP_Nerd) June 18, 2018
Wrong. Violent crime in Germany is lowest since 1992
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 19, 2018
— Christopher M. Walsh (@christophmwalsh) June 19, 2018
— oldie school, baby (@OldieSchool) June 18, 2018
Germanys internal ministry just released figures showing the crime rate to be at its lowest level in 30 years.. Stop making up stats and lying to people.
— Dan Stow (@DtStow) June 18, 2018
But when have facts gotten in the way of the President before?