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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s law and order and misinformation

WASHINGTON (AP) – “Ugh,” mentioned a Republican senator. “How crude,” mentioned a Democratic governor.

President Donald Trump set off loads of reactions like that when he peddled a baseless conspiracy principle about an activist who landed onerous on the bottom, after which in intensive care, in what prosecutors name an assault by police.

Trump’s week of regulation and order rhetoric got here with heavy doses of misinformation as he stretched guilty unrest on radical leftists and to place three loaded phrases – “defund the police” – within the mouth of a Democratic rival who doesn’t assist them.

Meantime, the coronavirus pandemic continues to be rising in practically half the states. Trump and his aides mentioned little about it besides to maintain up the push to reopen the nation. The United States surpassed 2 million COVID-19 instances prior to now week; greater than 114,000 have died from it on this nation.

A take a look at some claims and actuality:


TRUMP: “Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?” – tweet Tuesday.

THE FACTS: There’s no proof that Gugino was an “ANTIFA provocateur” or that he was making an attempt to “black out” police tools. And Trump doesn’t clarify the physics behind his principle that Gugino fell more durable than he was pushed.

Trump referred to a report from the One America News Network, which cited an uninformed weblog arguing that Gugino was utilizing antifa-like techniques, equivalent to “a method of police tracking used by Antifa to monitor the location of police.”

Top tech consultants known as that declare confounding.

It is feasible to disrupt police radio – an unlawful motion usually known as “jamming” – however hackers try this by attacking receiving stations, not with handheld units that focus on a person police officer’s radio, Matt Blaze, a professor of laptop science and regulation at Georgetown University, informed The Associated Press.

“Any radio system is subject to interference, but it doesn’t work by pointing some sort of ray gun and interfering,” Blaze mentioned. “That just doesn’t make any sense.”

Gugino was hospitalized within the intensive care unit final weekend after being pushed by police. He was seen bleeding from his head as officers walked away. Friends say he’s a retiree and a veteran peace activist – not an “antifa provocateur.”

Two Buffalo, New York, cops have been charged with second-degree assault. The officers, who may face jail sentences of as much as seven years if convicted, pleaded not responsible.

Many Republican lawmakers averted their eyes, as is typical with Trump’s rawest provocations. But for the wavering Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, it was one other factor to think about as she mulls over whether or not she is going to assist him within the election. “Oh lord,” she mentioned when proven the tweet. “Ugh.” She added: “Again, why would you fan the flames? That’s all I’m going to say.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had extra to say: “How reckless, how irresponsible, how mean, how crude.” He implored Trump to “show some decency. Show some humanity. Show some fairness.” Like Murkowski, he spoke of flames being fueled.


TRUMP: “Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle.” – tweet Wednesday.

THE FACTS: No they haven’t.

After days of violent confrontations with protesters, Seattle police largely and quickly withdrew from a number of metropolis blocks and boarded up a precinct station, leaving protesters to arrange a festive scene with speeches, activism, artwork and music. This was removed from taking on a metropolis, and authorities don’t take into account the protesters to be terrorists.

Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., mentioned Thursday that the zone was largely peaceable and “peaceful protests are fundamentally American.”

As Trump has branded protesters “radical-left, bad people” partaking in home terrorism, he has steadily invoked “antifa,” an umbrella time period for leftist militants sure extra by perception than organizational construction. Federal officers have offered scant proof that such radicals had been concerned.

Some Democrats initially tried guilty out-of-state far-right infiltrators for unrest earlier than backing down on that declare.

The AP discovered that the nice majority of individuals arrested in Minneapolis and the District of Columbia in a single weekend of protests had been native residents and few had been affiliated with organized teams.


TRUMP: “Sleepy Joe Biden and the Radical Left Democrats want to ’DEFUND THE POLICE’.” – tweet June 7.

THE FACTS: No, Biden doesn’t be part of the decision of protesters who demanded “defund the police” after Floyd’s killing.

“I don’t support defunding the police,“ Biden said Monday in a CBS interview. But he said he would support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether “they meet certain basic standards of decency, honorableness and, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community, everybody in the community.”

Biden’s prison justice agenda, launched lengthy earlier than he turned the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee, proposes extra federal cash for “training that is needed to avert tragic, unjustifiable deaths” and hiring extra officers to make sure that departments are racially and ethnically reflective of the populations they serve.

Specifically, he requires a $300 million infusion into present federal group policing grant applications.

That provides as much as more cash for police, not defunding regulation enforcement.

Biden additionally desires the federal authorities to spend extra on schooling, social companies and struggling areas of cities and rural America, to deal with root causes of crime.


ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR, citing escalating protests outdoors the White House following George Floyd’s May 25 loss of life in Minneapolis: “The things were so bad the Secret Service recommended the president go down to the bunker.” – Fox News on Monday.

THE FACTS: Here Barr is truth checking the president, who claimed per week earlier that he solely visited the White House bunker to examine it, not out of concern for his security.

“I went down during the day, and I was there for a tiny little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection,” Trump informed Fox News on June 3. “They said it would be a good time to go down – take a look because maybe sometime you’re going to need it.”

News organizations, together with the AP, had reported that Secret Service brokers rushed Trump on May 29 to a White House bunker, the place he spent practically an hour – not only a “tiny little short period of time” – as demonstrations outdoors the chief mansion intensified. The bunker is designed to be used in emergencies equivalent to terrorist assaults.

Trump had been sad with information protection revealing that he had been spirited to the bunker, believing that it made him seem weak.



TRUMP, on veterans well being care: “Before I came here, the vets would wait on line. … And for years and years, they’ve been trying to get Veterans Choice. … Now, most importantly, we take care of our vets.” – Meeting with pastors, regulation enforcement officers and others in Dallas on Thursday.

THE FACTS: That is the newest iteration of his steadily informed false declare to have achieved Veterans Choice when different presidents couldn’t. President Barack Obama achieved it. Trump expanded it. The program lets veterans, below sure circumstances, get personal well being care at public expense. It has not eradicated waits for care.



TRUMP: “This year has seen the lowest crime numbers in our Country’s recorded history.” – tweet Monday.

THE FACTS: Not so. First, this yr’s numbers usually are not compiled. Also, FBI statistics present the violent crime fee was decrease in 2014 than in 2018, the latest yr recorded. Also, crime general was considerably decrease within the 1950s and 1960s, grew after that and has been on a downward development for the reason that 1990s, with variations alongside the best way.

Police departments reported 368.9 violent crimes per 100,000 folks in 2018, in contrast with 361.6 4 years earlier.

The homicide fee was 5 folks per 100,000 in 2018. That fee was decrease yearly from 2010 to 2015.


Seitz reported from Chicago. Associated Press author Bill Barrow in Atlanta contributed to this report.


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