Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is renowned for his speedy output on Twitter, gaining the nickname “the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters.” But the media mogul may want to check his source the next time he tweets.
On Nov. 22, Trump retweeted an image that lists alleged crime statistics. The infographic resembles the many images shared on Facebook, featuring a provocative image and data pointedly arranged to make a point. And like most of those infographics shared online, it’s a fake.
(False infographic on racially charged crime data. Photo Credit: Donald J. Trump/Twitter)
The image Trump shared to his Twitter followers was seemingly credited by Crime Statistics Bureau — San Francisco, an organization that does not exist, CNN reports.
The data featured on the infographic is also false. The FBI’s 2014 homicide statistics were only recently released, making the image’s claim that it contains accurate 2015 numbers incorrect.
The infographic presents false data about racial homicides that seem designed to characterize black Americans as far more violent than whites. Every statistic listed is inaccurate, but two stand out as wildly false.
The image falsely claims that 97 percent of black homicides are perpetrated by other blacks; in reality, the number is 90 percent, according to CNN, who cited the FBI's statistics for 2014. The infographic also claims that 81 percent of whites are killed by blacks, when in fact 82 percent of white homicides are committed by other whites.
The racial slant of the infographic is made all the more clear by the illustration of a black man dressed in an urban gang uniform, complete with bandana, cocking a pistol.
Trump has previously praised his own talent with Twitter.
“Somebody said I’m the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters,” the business mogul said at a campaign event in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Nov. 20, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
“Can you believe that?" he added. "I was actually given that credit.”
Going forward, the presidential candidate may want to verify his information before tweeting. Trump has shared the racially biased infographic shortly after his campaign supporters became physically aggressive with a Black Lives Matter activist who protested his Nov. 21 rally.
“Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” Trump told Fox News on Nov. 22 of the incident. “I have a lot of fans, and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy who was a trouble-maker who was looking to make trouble."