by Jennifer Rubin | The Washington Post
President Trump does not tell lies randomly. Watch him long enough and you will see a pattern: America is rotten, and the press is lying to cover it up. During the campaign, one might have written this off as an effort to discredit the results of the Obama presidency, for which Hillary Clinton was effectively seeking a third term. Most every candidate, regardless of power, will argue that the incumbent party has failed in any number of regards because there still is plenty of (fill in the blank: poverty/homelessness/unemployment/terrorism). Now that Trump is president, however, his efforts to denigrate the country seem strange, not to mention false.
Several recent events illustrate the phenomenon. The Post reported Tuesday:
President Trump met Tuesday morning with a group of sheriffs from the National Sheriffs Association, a group that consists of more than 3,000 sheriffs from around the country. And to this sworn group of law enforcement veterans, with reporters taking notes, he again repeated a falsehood about the murder rate in America.
Trump told the sheriffs, “the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.” He blamed the news media for not publicizing this development, then added, “But the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, I guess, 45 to 47 years.”
That is flat-out false, just as it was false when Trump said it during the campaign. The murder rate, The Post says, “is almost at its lowest point, actually, according to the FBI, which gathers statistics every year from police departments around the country.”