Sunday, May 22, 2016

Donald Trump Says Something Stupid #4: Ferguson And Oakland Are More Dangerous Than Iraq

Over the last five weeks New York Times Magazine's Robert Draper has been conducting an exhaustive interview with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

In the piece, published Wednesday, Draper asked the real estate mogul whether he had ever traveled to Iraq to which Trump responded by saying "Never!" with Draper writing that he sounded "horrified by the thought."

Draper then asked Trump what was the most dangerous place he has visited to which he responded, according to the article, by saying...

"Brooklyn," Trump replied, joking. And then, apparently serious, he continued: "There are places in America that are among the most dangerous in the world. You go to places like Oakland. Or Ferguson. The crime numbers are worse. Seriously."

This answer is of course a blatant dog-whistle for the large following of racist supporters Trump enjoys.

As for the truth of Trump's statement: According to the CCSP report, which tracks murder rates in cities with populations of 100,000 or more, there are four American cities on the list of the top 50 most dangerous... And neither Ferguson or Oakland are on it.

* List started on May 17th, 2016

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