The lies Trump told this week: from murder rates to climate change

 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada, earlier this week. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Military and law enforcement personnel

“I’m proud of the fact that I’ve always treated the working people of this country with dignity and respect, especially our military and law enforcement personnel.” 11 October, interview with Fox News

Trump has not always treated members of the military and law enforcement with respect. Last year he insulted John McCain, who endured torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam; this summer he derided the Muslim parents of a soldier who died in the Iraq war; he has called top generals “embarrassing to our country” and said they have been “reduced to rubble”; and he has repeatedly impugned the ethics of federal investigators and even public safety officers such as fire marshals.


“You look at the crime and you wonder why. And by the way, do you know, it was just announced that murder is the highest it’s been in our country in 45 years?” 11 October, Panama City, Florida

“We have the highest murder rate in this country in 45 years. More people are being murdered now than being murdered in 45 years.” 12 October, Lakeland, Florida

Trump has distorted an FBI statistic to make a false claim: in September the agency reported that murders and non-negligent manslaughter rose in the US by 10.8% in 2015, the largest single-year increase since 1971. That is not the same as saying there are more murders in the US than at any point since 1971: 15,696 murders were reported in 2015, down from 1991 and 1993 highs of 24,703 and 24,526. There were more murders in 1971 (17,780) than in 2015.

The murder rate declined 42% from 1993 to 2014, even though the population increased by a quarter.

During this week’s debate Trump almost cited the statistic accurately, saying: “We have an increase in murder within our cities, the biggest in 45 years.” But the FBI figure is a national one, not restricted to cities.

Read more lies Trump told this week in this article from the Guardian newspaper.