Trump Tweet About Islam in UK is completely wrong

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There is no factual evidence for Trump’s statement between radical Islam and crime.

President Trump has gotten into trouble again for his tweets. He messaged “Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.’ not good, we must keep America safe!” This has been getting a large amount of criticism.

What President Trump is referring to is the most recent UK Office for National Statistics quarterly report on crime. There has been a 13% increase in all police-recorded offenses. This includes both violent and non-violent crime.

The problem is the president’s message is misleading. First, the report only covers England and Wales, not the United Kingdom. Second, there is no mention of “radical Islam terror” being the cause of the increase in crime. While there have been recent terrorist attacks in England, that is the only link to terrorism in the report.

This is not the first time that Trump has made erroneous claims about radical Islam in England. He claimed that police could not walk down certain streets because of radical Muslims and when campaigning said England has a “massive Muslim problem.”

This has caused a fierce backlash with politicians calling Trump stupid and engaged in a hate crime. The president has not expanded on what he meant by his tweet so far.


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