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President Donald Trump triggered recriminations and outrage from the far-left media Tuesday when, during an interview Tuesday with CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge, he replied to a contentious question by stating an unequivocal fact.
“Let’s talk about George Floyd. You said George Floyd’s death was a terrible thing. Why are African Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?” Herridge asked him.
It was a surprisingly disingenuous question from Herridge — one that she may have never asked if she still worked for Fox News. Floyd’s death was a “terrible thing” because it was unjustified. The same cannot be said of other police shootings that have involved black suspects, including deceased suspect Rayshard Brooks.
Moreover, as the president himself noted, blacks aren’t the only ones who die at the hands of the police. Not by a long shot.
“So are white people. So are white people. What a terrible question to ask. So are white people. More white people, by the way. More white people,” the president replied.
President Trump tells @CBS_Herridge that “more White people” are dying at the hands of police than Black people. Watch excerpts on CBSN, more tonight on @CBSEveningNews and tomorrow on @CBSThisMorning https://t.co/NeBLT0LG0p pic.twitter.com/XIwyARJBBl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 14, 2020
Fact-check: Multiple studies have found this to be true.
One study by Peter Moskos of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice conducted back in 2015 found that 49 percent of suspects killed by police from May 2013 to April 2015 were white, while only 30 percent were black.
Another study — this one conducted by federal officials — found that the majority of deaths that resulted from the use of lethal force by police between 2009 and 2012 involved white suspects, not black suspects.
More recent data shows the exact same thing:
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 14, 2020
The problem is that this data tends to be dismissed on the basis that, while more whites die at the hands of police, the number of blacks who die is “disproportionate.” This, the left has long argued, proves that law enforcement is racist.
But it doesn’t prove anything, because disparities aren’t evidence of discrimination/racism, according to Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute.
In a report published back in 2016, she noted the reality, which is that black and Hispanic cops are more likely to shoot black suspects than white cops, and that conversely, cops are more likely to be killed by black suspects than black suspects are likely to be killed by the cops. These are the facts.
The left also likes to cling to the fact that black suspects killed by the police tend to have a higher chance of being unarmed. But again, this proves nothing,
“The ‘unarmed’ label is literally accurate, but it frequently fails to convey highly-charged policing situations. In a number of cases, if the victim ended up being unarmed, it was certainly not for lack of trying,” Mac Donald explained.
She then cited data from a database on fatal police shootings set up by The Washington Post, a far-left network, to prove her thesis.
“At least five black victims had reportedly tried to grab the officer’s gun, or had been beating the cop with his own equipment. Some were shot from an accidental discharge triggered by their own assault on the officer,” she wrote.
“And two individuals included in the Post’s ‘unarmed black victims’ category were struck by stray bullets aimed at someone else in justified cop shootings. If the victims were not the intended targets, then racism could have played no role in their deaths.”
Again, these are the facts.
But facts seem to mean absolutely nothing to the modern far-left media, and so despite the facts backing the president to a T, this is how they responded:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 14, 2020
“[Trump] seems to be making this political assumption… that a majority of white Americans are just as racist as he his and that if he continues to make racist comments… he will be able to cobble together enough white votes” – @matthewamiller w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/XydLFmd0qn
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) July 14, 2020
“The president continues to display that he is completely out of touch with where the American people are,” fmr. Rep. Edwards says in response to Pres. Trump’s remark that more white people are killed by police in the U.S. than Black people.https://t.co/WQl7ncFpcG
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 15, 2020
He added “more white people, by the way” are killed by police than Black people.
It’s just another example of Trump diving into racial division rather than trying to see what Black Americans have been saying during protests against racism in last several weeks
— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) July 14, 2020
So just to confirm, facts are now racist … and using facts to debunk the false, racially divisive narrative being pushed by the media shows Trump to be “out of touch.”
Another relevant fact to this discussion is black criminality. Police encounters don’t materialize in a vacuum — they materialize as a result of crime. And it just so happens that, although the number of killed black suspects is “disproportionate” to the number of killed white suspects, it does match rates of black crime.
“[P]olice shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects,” Mac Donald noted in an updated report published last month.
“In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit[ed] about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.”
And so it is any surprise that blacks represented such a high proportion of deceased suspects in 2018? Some might argue that it wouldn’t be if intellectual honesty meant anything anymore …
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