Donald Trump fabricated a link between a rise in United Kingdom crime and Islamic terror Friday morning, causing confusion among Brits.
“Just out report,”
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Most of the 13 percent rise in crime, per the report, comes from an increase in knife crime and sexual offenses.
There were 664 homicide victims in the United Kingdom during the 12 months ending in June 2017, compared to 762 in Chicago for the calendar year 2016. The population of Britain is about 66 million. Of those 664 murders, 35 resulted from two terror attacks: a van and knife attack at London Bridge in June and a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester a month earlier. “Terror” is mentioned five times in the report, referring to those two events.
“There was a substantial increase of 59% (426 offences) in the number of attempted murder offences in the latest year,” read the report. “This rise is due largely to the London and Manchester terror attacks, where the police recorded 294 (69% of the rise in) attempted murder offences.”
The president’s tweet caused confusion on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
“Donald Trump links UK crime rise to ‘radical Islamic terror’, despite complete absence of evidence to support claim,”
There was also
Trump had previously
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