Sessions Again Cites US Crime Wave; Fact Check Calls It a Lie

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week resumed his drum-thumping about American lawlessness, telling a police union convention in Nashville that “violent crime is back with a vengeance.” Except that it’s not, according to the Washington Post Fact Checker. Experts say crime in America is at historically low levels, and the Fact Checker presented Sessions with its highest “whopper” rating of four Pinnochios. It concluded, “Sessions’ claims about crime across the country are a distortion of the facts. Nationwide, the violent crime rate and the murder rate are lower than they have been in almost 45 years.”

Fact Checker said he applies the same distortion in his spotlighting of crime in major cities, using Chicago as an example of rising violence even though a rudimentary understanding of data shows it to be an outlier that is out of sync with national trends. The Post concludes, “With every dramatic assertion, Sessions is stoking Americans’ fears about crime and safety to advance a political agenda of ‘law and order.’”

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