Trump then went on to tell those in attendance that the national news media purposely suppresses news about the record high murder rate as he pointed his finger at the camera crews in the back of the room...
"The murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years. I used to use that -- 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."
Here is the video...
In reality, the U.S. murder rate isn't even close to record highs.
In fact the figure remains at a historically low level and the murder rate was much higher 47 years ago, in the 1970's, and was also higher in the 1980s and 1990s.
The numbers bear out that murders have declined by 42 percent between 1993 and 2014, even as the U.S. population rose by 25 percent over the same period. So, in actuality, they are far below their high levels of the early 1990s, when the nation’s population was significantly smaller.
Trump constantly made similar fear mongering claims about the murder rate when he was campaigning which were repeatedly fact-checked and debunked, to the point where it must now be simply called what it is... A lie.
As far as his other lie that the media was suppressing the news about the high murder rate that can be explained by the fact that you cannot report on that which is not happening.
On Monday Trump had made a similar false accusation about the media when he declared that the media's refusal to report on terror attacks saying...
"It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that."
This to was, of course, another lie.