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Trump Just Blatantly Lied About Crime In Germany Being Up

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (L) looks on during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House June 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. It's the first time President Trump attended the public meeting of the council. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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:

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:

But when have facts gotten in the way of the President before?

H/T: The Independent, Twitter




Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.