Obama: Trump's Rhetoric Not Supported By Facts

| by Ray Brown
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President Barack Obama called out Republican nominee Donald Trump for saying the country needs more "law and order."

“This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse -- this vision of violence and chaos everywhere -- doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people,” Obama said about Trump's nomination acceptance speech, according to USA Today.

"We're not going to make good decisions based on fears that don't have a basis in fact," Obama later said. "That, I think, is something that I hope all Americans pay attention to."

During Trump's speech, the New York billionaire spoke about how he would deal with crime, including recent attacks on police officers.

“The first task for our new administration will be to liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities,” Trump said. “America was shocked to its core when our police officers in Dallas were brutally executed. In the days after Dallas, we have seen continued threats and violence against our law enforcement officials. Law officers have been shot or killed in recent days in Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan and Tennessee.”

“I will work with, and appoint, the best prosecutors and law enforcement officials in the country to get the job done,” Trump later said in his speech. “In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate. The irresponsible rhetoric of our president, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone. This administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them at every level.”

But Obama disagreed with Trump's depiction of the country as one that is overrun with crime.

“I hope people, the next morning, walked outside and birds were chirping and the sun was out and this afternoon, people will be, you know, watching their kids play on sports teams and go to the swimming pool and folks are going to work and getting ready for the weekend," Obama said, according to Politico. "And in particular, I think it is important, just to be absolutely clear here, that some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don't jibe with the facts."

The Los Angeles Times reported that Trump's statistics on crime were mostly accurate, but that "his conclusions are a stretch."

Sources: USA Today, Politico (2), Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Flickr

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