Skip to comments.WaPo Tries - and FAILS - to Debunk Trump’s Claim That America’s Most Dangerous Cities Are Run By Dems
Posted on 07/18/2020 12:24:22 PM PDT by gattaca
It must be difficult to be on staff at The Washington Post -- or subscribe to it, or advertise with it without feeling profound embarrassment.
On June 25, the WaPo offered what its editors seem to have thought was a potent attack on President Trump. The piece was an analysis by Philip Bump titled, Trump Keeps Claiming The Most Dangerous Cities In America Are Run By Democrats. They Arent.
But for the WAPO, the trouble is that this debunking actually confirmed President Trumps June 24 observation that the most dangerous cities in America are, in fact, run by Democrat politicians.
Indeed, the net result of this WaPo debunking is that Americans now have a chart created by the newspapers graphics team that not only confirms almost everything Trump said, but we also can see the kinds of fudging and mental gymnastics leftists at the WaPo employ to distract from that confirmed point.
Its a point worth repeating: Democrat-run cities are the most dangerous in the nation.
To his credit, Mr. Bump goes to great lengths to cite Trumps June 24 statement, which the President offered at a White House event:
'You hear about certain places like Chicago and you hear about whats going on in Detroit and other other cities, all Democrat run,' he said. 'Every one of them is Democrat run. Twenty out of 20. The 20 worst, the 20 most dangerous are Democrat run.'
And, to his credit, Bump calls out El Presidente, because its not 20 out of 20...anymore.
For the past four years, one of them has been run by a Republican mayor that city being Jacksonville, Florida, under Mayor Lenny Curry, who was elected in 2015 and reelected in 2017 and 2019. Prior to Curry, Democrat Alvin Brown held the spot, and prior to Brown, there were four Democrats, three Republicans, and one mayor who switched parties, for all the years going back to when the office was consolidated with Duval County in 1968. Prior that, going back all the way to 1865, there have been a total of six Republicans who have held the Jacksonville Mayor position for one or more terms.
So, Donald Trump is technically incorrect when stating that all 20 of the most violent U.S. cities are run by Democrats, and, even if one were to look at the Jacksonville City Council, one sees that its 19 members are comprised of six Democrats and thirteen Republicans.
Curiously, the violent crime rate in Jacksonville has trended down under Curry for all but the last year (which saw a decrease in overall crime, but more violent attacks) and the first quarter of 2020. For comparison, St. Louis, Missouri, the city running just below Jacksonville for violent crime between January and June, 2019, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics used by the WAPO, saw violent crime increases for the past five years except for 2018. In 2017, it became the most violent city in the union in a per-capita measurement, and 2019 saw violent crime increase in the city to such an extent that it took the top spot in SwedishNomads ranking of Most Dangerous Cities US, and, despite the COVID19 lockdowns, 2020 appears to be on track to equal the 2019 homicide rate.
But that wasnt the point of Mr. Trumps comment, which was simple, and, save that lone city of Jacksonville, was correct contrary to the WaPo headline. In fact, in 2018, The American Thinkers Rich Logis noted that 19 of the 20 most violent cities in the U.S. were run by Democrats.
Yet the Posts Bump burns over 1,000 words trying to hem and haw and come up with qualifications that have no bearing on the overall, unshakable fact. Like a kid trying a magic trick when he lacks the skills and talent, he attempts to discount the problem, claiming that, well, of course these cities are violent -- because theyre cities.
Cities generally have more crime than suburban and rural areas. Thats been true for decades if not centuries and is true across the planet. The connection has been the focus of repeated research. In other words, if it were the case that cities were also more prone to elect members of one party over another, it might seem as though the most crime-riddled places in America were a function of leadership from that party.
And, shock, he then focuses on the fact that cities tend to be run by Democrats.
You are certainly aware that cities tend to be heavily Democratic. In the 2018 House elections, Democrats won every district identified by CityLab as being purely urban. They lost only one district identified as an urban-suburban mix. In other words, Democrats won 81 of the 82 congressional districts identified as fully or partially urban.
Which does nothing to discount Trumps overall point. In fact, it merely strengthens ones understanding that the most violent cities in the U.S. are run by Democrats. It was clear last year, when MRCTV Director Eric Scheiner and I discussed the Five Worst U.S. Cities," how they were run by Democrats, and how, on the whole, they had been run by Democrats for decades. Those would be cities like Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago, complete with their insane gun restrictions that havent stopped criminally-minded people from obtaining and using them, abysmal government-run schools, and tax and regulatory policies that have smothered independent businesses and driven more people into black-market lines of work.
No amount of Washington Post shading can change this obvious and long-standing fact. One need not be a devotee of Trumps policies to acknowledge that his overall point is right. And while there may be many causative factors that are endemic to cities being more violent than non-urban areas, the facts remain that of the top 20 violent CITIES in the US, 19 of them are run and have been run, on the whole, for many years by Democrats.
Now, thanks to the chart that the Washington Post conveniently put together based on the FBI stats, its obvious that is the case. And its obvious that the editorial team at the newspaper are now so politicized, theyve become disconnected from the content of their own articles.
Doesn’t matter. They’ll just say they’ve debunked the claim, and it’ll have been debunked.
I would bet many WaPo readers dont get by the headline and assume its gospel. A lot of newspapers do that.
Hmm, wonder why these cities have so much crime and that they elect all Democrats? Must be something mysterious.
It’s not just that they’re run by Democrats. It’s that they’ve been run by Democrats with in most cases essentially no input from Republicans for decades. They’ve gotten what they want and run things the way they want without opposition, and things are even more messed up.
Shows how insanely stupid the liberal RATS are. That is like trying to debunk the fact the sun comes up in the morning....
Didn't you know, the Earth goes down in the morning.
Two things true here:
1.Cities run by Democrats are horrible places.
2. Horrible places vote Democrat.
I see your point, but actually that is not hard to prove wrong.
The sun sits still, or more precisely moves along with the rest of the universe, while earth revolves around it, creating the illusion that the sun rises and sets. It’s actually the earth spinning on its axis that makes the sun appear to move, while it does not.
No, I’m not trying to make you look stupid.
You may already know that, at one time it was a safe assumption. But if you graduated high school any time the past 25 years or so, I’d be surprised if you knew how to spell science, much less knew anything about it.
Schools aren’t teaching this stuff any more. I’ve seen dozens of millenials online who seriously believe the earth is flat. That was proven wrong centuries ago. So excuse me if I seem to be a bit cynical...
In the interest of full disclosure, I always refer to it as the sun coming up every day too. Even though I do understand that it is not technically true...
- first off, we have to remove violent crime, such as assault, rape, arson, and murder from the list. After all, they happen equally everywhere.
- then we have to eliminate illegal drug dealing because it is illegal
- eliminate theft because, hey, everyone has to eat, right?
OK, now count all the rest of the results (public shouting matches) and publish!
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