Leading Trump surrogate and Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke has tried to downplay the fear that the African American community has about police by promoting a chart in an attempt to belittle their concern.
On the one hand, when presented the fact that crime in the U.S. is at historic lows, Newt Gingrich ignores it, and says it’s not about facts, it’s about how we feel, and on the other, Sheriff Clarke can come out and say the exact opposite. Trump supporters happily accept both positions.
Taken together, the GOP ticket believes that the color of your skin is the determining factor as to whether your feelings matter or not.
If we’re going to use charts to dispel peoples fears, lets address one of the more popular fears that Trump supporters have: the likelihood of dying at the hands of a terrorist (ISIS or otherwise). I’ll use Clarke’s chart, and add simply add two new columns:
That’s correct. Excluding 9/11 (as Rudy Giuliani routinely does), we are more than 30 times as likely to die at the hands of a police officer as we are from a terrorist. Even when we include 9/11, we’re still 5.5 times more likely to die at the hands of a police officer than a terrorist.
That should show you the level of honesty that the Trump camp is using to woo voters, letting ISIS dominate the conversation while ignoring the very real feelings and fears expressed by the black community.
Figures don’t lie, but liars figure
By being as selective as they are with not only with which facts to present, but which groups of peoples fears to accept, the Trump team only shows that they have complete disdain for honest and rational discourse.