President Obama blasted the vision painted by Donald Trump and other Republicans of a country “on the verge of collapse” as a fiction that does not match reality, the Washington Post reports. “The one thing that I think is important to recognize is this idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people,” Obama said during a news conference at the White House on Friday. “And in particular, I think it is important, just to be absolutely clear here, that some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jibe with the facts.”
Obama took issue with suggestions from some Republicans after high-profile mass shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando and of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas that the U.S. was devolving into lawlessness and disorder. He said the rates of murder and violent crime are lower than they were during President Ronald Reagan’s tenure in the 1980s and than they were when Obama took office in 2009. Obama also said that illegal immigration rates are far lower than in past years.