The media is famous for its attempts to completely assassinate and misconstrue Trump’s words to benefit its agenda and this week was no exception.
In an interview with CBS, reporter Catherine Herridge asked Trump why black people are still dying at the hands of law enforcement. Trump responded by saying that more white people are actually killed by police every year. He also noted that he thought the question was “terrible.”
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
According to Statista, Trump’s statement is true: more white people are killed by police every year in total. In just 2020, 204 white people and 105 black people were fatally shot to death by police in the U.S.
In addition, the FBI data published in the Uniform Crime Report shows that white people are far more likely to be arrested than black people.
“In 2018, 69.0 percent of all individuals arrested were White, 27.4 percent were Black or African American, and 3.6 percent were of other races,” the report reads.
A mathematical breakdown of data collected by multiple sources and published in The Boston Globe shows that the percentage of white people likely to be killed by the police is higher in situations where “white people tend to encounter the police in more grave situations.”
Almost immediately after Trump’s comments aired, reporters and others punched on his statement and began misconstruing it. Many of them mistook the statement and cited the fact that black people are more likely to be killed by police instead of acknowledging that Trump’s statement was referring to totals instead of rates.
“‘What a terrible question to ask,’ Trump says, when asked by @CBS_Herridge why Black people are still dying at the hands of law enforcement,” tweeted a CBS reporter.
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) July 14, 2020
“The president asserts that ‘more’ White people are killed by police than Black people,” wrote New York Times reporter Maggie Habberman, whose description of the president’s line conveys his statement was not a fact.
The president asserts that “more” White people are killed by police than Black people https://t.co/m27Bc6Oda6
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 14, 2020
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) July 14, 2020
One CNN headline even called Trump’s comments “racist rhetoric.”
“President Trump leans into racist rhetoric and downplays police violence against Black Americans,” it read.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 14, 2020
Twitter also dedicated a news alert page dedicated to the statements and reaction from journalists to “share data” about the statement.
While one MSNBC reporter even acknowledged that Trump’s statement was true, he still proceeded to criticize him.
“It is true that police in the US also kill a lot of white people which is…not really necessarily a super awesome debating point in the police’s favor?” wrote MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
It is true that police in the US also kill a lot of white people which is…not really necessarily a super awesome debating point in the police’s favor?
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 14, 2020
Others, however, saw the hypocritical treatment Trump received for the statement from the media right away.
“It’s not merely an assertion; it’s a fact. We’re only surprised by the facts—when someone dares to utter them—because we’ve been brainwashed by the media to believe lies,” one user quipped.
It's not merely an assertion; it's a fact. We're only surprised by the facts—when someone dares to utter them—because we've been brainwashed by the media to believe lies. https://t.co/J10BsZYC9t
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) July 14, 2020
“I’m confused, what’s the problem? That’s factually accurate,” wrote another.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 14, 2020
“This is factual. Now—% wise? No. Black people are more likely to be killed than whites based on their population size. But in order to know whether this is disproportionate, you don’t look at population. You look at crime rates and police interactions of whites vs blacks,” another tweeted.
Trump’s instinct that Americans are tired of the media dividing us into racial groups every 5 minutes is correct. He should stick to it. https://t.co/BbSp5A8n6k
— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) July 14, 2020
“’Trump says sun rises in East, sets in West, without giving any evidence of the claim’,” wrote another.
“Trump says sun rises in East, sets in West, without giving any evidence of the claim” https://t.co/0F18GKwQzb
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) July 15, 2020
“‘…without giving any evidence for the claim’ All the same, it is a fact, so… there’s that,” one user said.
"…without giving any evidence for the claim"
All the same, it is a fact, so… there's that. https://t.co/v6ge6hq7O6
— Kmele (@kmele) July 15, 2020
Just this month, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and others criticized and misconstrued President Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore celebrating Independence Day calling it “dark and divisive” and “inflammatory” despite his words celebrating the Founding Fathers.