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What Trump got wrong on Twitter this week

11:25, 06 January 2017 Friday -

What Trump got wrong on Twitter this week



The first installment in our new occasional feature looking at what Trump got wrong on Twitter in a given week.

As we enter the administration of a president who is both prolific on Twitter and prone to tweeting factual inaccuracies, the Fact Checker faced a conundrum: How much effort should we devote to fact-checking President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets?

Tweets are ephemeral — in theory, at least. By the time we start on one fact-check of Trump’s tweet, he may have tweeted many others that are fact-checkable. Many of Trump’s tweets are easy to debunk and do not rise to the level of a Pinocchio rating. In fact, Twitter users often correct Trump within minutes, in fewer than 140 characters.

So, we are launching an occasional feature looking at what Trump got wrong on Twitter in a given week. We will continue to devote full fact-checks of claims Trump makes on Twitter when the fact-check allows for discussion of a substantive policy issue. But as for the rest, we will include them in a round-up on Fridays. We will keep the analysis of each tweet as short as possible, with links to additional information for readers who want to know more. As always, we welcome reader suggestions.

Here’s a look at what Trump got wrong in eight tweets from this week, listed in chronological order.

Chicago’s homicide rate was, indeed, an outlier for 2016. But it wasn’t record-setting, as Trump says.

There were 762 murders in Chicago in 2016, according to Chicago Police Department. The homicide rate is projected to be about 28 homicides per 100,000 people. Both the actual number of homicides and the homicide rate in Chicago are still below their peak in the early 1990s, during the height of the crime wave relating to the crack cocaine epidemic and gang activity in many major cities.

The 2016 homicide rate in the 30 largest cities is projected to rise by 14 percent, with Chicago driving much of this spike, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. The center projects that Chicago will account for 43.7 percent of the total increase in 2016 homicides.



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