When accepting the Republican nomination in Cleveland last week, Donald Trump said:
Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration's rollback of criminal enforcement…. Homicides last year increased by 17% in America's fifty largest cities. That's the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation's capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60 percent in nearby Baltimore.
Trump's claims have drawn the ire of many in the media and some elected officials. Just a few weeks ago, Trump and President Barack Obama squared off over what exactly is happening on American streets.
Self-appointed "fact-checkers" at the Associated Press, NBC News, CBS News, The Atlantic and Factcheck.org have all sided with Obama's July 9, 2016 claim that:
Over the last four or five years, during the course of my presidency, violent crime in the United States is the lowest it's been since probably the 1960s, maybe before the early 1960s. There's been an incredible drop in violent crime.
Taken at face value, the Trump and Obama claims are at odds—either crime is up, flat, or down. But as with most things, it's never that simple and the media "fact-checkers" are too busy (or lazy) to check the data and far too eager to condemn Trump as playing fast and loose with the facts. As we pointed out in June, there's more to the story than the fact-checkers let on.
Read the full article at The Weekly Standard: Police Chiefs Confirm: Trump Is (Mostly) Right on Crime