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The Truth About “Rising Hate Crimes”

The inevitable revelation that actor Jussie Smollett faked a Trump-inspired hate crime in a city where Hillary Clinton received 84% of the vote sparked a predictable response from some quadrupling down on the Left – that while Smollett may have faked his hate crime, it at least drew attention to the very real problem of hate crimes!

Yes, people really did argue this.

So by their logic; thank god Smollett was lying for the truth? Let’s evaluate that….

Hate Crimes (Probably) Are Not on the Rise – And They Are Not Being Carried out in the Name of Trump 

The FBI’s latest report on hate crime statistics was quickly twisted to push a narrative that hate crimes are spiking due to Donald Trump’s presidency. Just take a look at some of the headlines:

Each argues a similar message; that hate crimes are on the rise, and that we can blame Trump’s rhetoric for it.

While law enforcement did report 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016, there were over 1,000 additional agencies contributing information to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Each new agency would only need to report one hate crime to explain the entire rise.

Additionally, the reported perpetrators aren’t who we’d expect if we were witnessing a rise in “white supremacist violence” inspired by Trump.  According to the FBI’s statistics on the perpetrators of hate crimes:

  • 50.7 percent were White.
  • 21.33 percent were Black or African American.
  • 7.5 percent were groups made up of individuals of various races.
  • 19.1 percent were unknown.

A disclaimer is in order, in that of the 50.7 percent classified as “White” by the FBI’s statistics, half are Hispanic or Latino (see the explainer under the “Ethnicity” heading). In other words, while whites make up 63.7% of the U.S. population, they account for only 25% of all hate crime perpetrators, a far underrepresentation that would not be expected if the media narrative were true.

Hate crimes also decreased against some of the groups in 2017 that the media would like us to believe are under siege in Trump’s America. Hate crimes against Muslims decreased from 307 incidents to 273 from 2016-2017. Meanwhile, the number of anti-transgender hate-crimes declined by a third, and the number of anti-male hate crimes tripled (but this is due to extremely small sample size).

For the most part, the increase in hate crimes from 2016-17 was mostly proportional across the board (which is exactly what we’d expect if this rise was mostly due to increased agencies reporting, not increased targeting of particular groups).

Fake Hate Crimes ARE on the Rise

According to fakehatecrimes.org, a website that tracks hate hoaxes, the rise in hate crimes hoaxes appears to have begun in 2012, and sparked in 2016 in the immediate months following Trump’s presidential victory. Below is tabled reports of false hate crimes per year since 1979 (and obviously there are many more, as these are just proven hoaxes), and hoaxes per month since 2016.

 

While there are obviously far more real hate crimes than fake hate crimes, fake hate crimes tend to dominate more news coverage due to their (supposed) particularly violent, humiliating, or otherwise egregious nature. The criteria for real hate crimes can range from everything from someone leaving a piece of bacon in front of a mosque (which is not likely to dominate much news coverage), to murder.

Such loosely defined statistics are easily manipulated, as was the case in a popular Anti-Defamation League study publicized by the media showing that anti-Semitic hate crimes rose 57% in 2017. The entire rise was attributable to a single individual who was phoning in bomb threats to Synagogues. Without him, anti-Semitic violence actually had decreased by 47% according to the ADL’s statistics.

Unfortunately, the criteria for what constitutes a hate crime is paper thin, and it’s nearly impossible to make an objective statement about whether or not they’re rising, given the varying number of agencies reporting them each year. What we do know though is that if Trump somehow inspired this alleged rise in hate crimes, they’re not picking their victims very well.

Ep. 920 Was There Another Dossier?

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In this episode I address the bombshell revelation that there may have been a third dossier compiled on the Trump team. I also address the media’s latest lies designed to cover up the absurd claims of Andrew McCabe. Finally, I discuss a debate I had with a socialist last night on Fox, where he admits it doesn’t work.

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Ep. 919 The Coup and the Coverup

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In this episode I address the coup attempt against Trump and the McCabe/Rosenstein plot to remove him from office. I also address the media’s complete facepalm on an immigration “fact-check.”

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White House, Trump Issue Scathing Responses to McCabe’s 60 Minutes Interview

The White House issued a scathing response to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s 60 Minutes interview yesterday.

On Twitter, the show wrote, “60 Minutes asked the White House for comment on McCabe’s claims and received this statement: ‘Andrew McCabe was fired in disgrace from the FBI for lying, and he opened a completely baseless investigation into the president. Everyone knows he has no credibility.’

In his interview, McCabe said he ordered investigators to look into whether or not the President obstructed justice by firing disgraced FBI Director James Comey.

The disgraced former FBI official also said the Department of Justice was, indeed, considering invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

He also confirmed a September 2018 New York Times report which claimed that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire and secretly record President Trump.

“…The deputy attorney general offered to wear a wire into the White House,” said McCabe, who insisted Rosenstein was “absolutely serious” about his offer.

“Now, he was not joking. He was absolutely serious,” he said. “And in fact, he brought it up in the next meeting we had.”

He recalled Rosenstein saying, “I never get searched when I go into the White House. I could easily wear a recording device. They wouldn’t know it was there.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) vowed to hold a hearing to determine whether or not the Department of Justice and FBI attempted a “coup” to overthrow President Trump.

Speaking with CBS’s Face the Nation yesterday, Graham said he was willing to subpoena both McCabe and Rosenstein.

“We’re a democracy. People enforce the law — can’t take it into their own hands. And was this an attempted bureaucratic coup? I don’t know…So I promise your viewers the following: that we will have a hearing about who’s telling the truth, what actually happened.”

**UPDATE** President Trump slammed McCabe this morning on Twitter, writing, “Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught….”

The President continued “….There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more. This was the illegal and treasonous ‘insurance policy’ in full action!”