Where is Donald Trump’s Crime Wave, “Rapidly Getting Worse?” Only in His Mind.
In his presidential campaign, Republican nominee Donald Trump has been proclaiming over and over that there’s a crime wave in America, that Americans are falling victim to crime more than ever, and that it’s “rapidly getting worse”:
Let’s look for that supposed crime wave, “rapidly getting worse,” in the new crime statistics collected by police across the country and compiled into the FBI’s Crime In the United States report. The latest version of this report contains statistics all the way through the end of 2015 (we can’t have complete crime statistics on 2016 yet because 2016 isn’t over yet).
Here are the national statistics on violent crime rates in the United States, from 1996 to 2015:
And here are the national statistics on property crime in the United States, also from 1996 to 2016:
How about in Chicago? Crime in the United States can tell us that, too:
Where is that wild crime wave, “rapidly getting worse?” Only in Donald Trump’s fervid imagination.