The president is lying to you to get his border wall, and CNN’s Jake Tapper has the facts to prove it.
During the State of the Union address, Trump claimed:
“The border city of El Paso, Texas used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the entire country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country. Simply put: Walls work, and walls save lives.”
Except that he’s completely wrong.
.@jaketapper: The President is using a false story that the barriers built in El Paso are exhibit A for why he needs the $5.7 billion he's demanded for a wall.
Here's the problem: Whatever your position on barriers or walls, the case Trump lays out about El Paso is simply false. pic.twitter.com/JEAD6PYOgQ
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) February 11, 2019
Tapper fact-checked the president’s claims. “El Paso has never had, quote, one of the highest rates of violent crime in the entire country,” said Tapper. He’s right: according to FactCheck.org, “the city had the third lowest violent crime rate among 35 U.S. cities with a population over 500,000 in 2005, 2006 and 2007 – before construction of a 57-mile-long fence started in mid-2008.”
Many knew that the President has been overstating the “crisis” at the southern border for far too long.
Are we shocked the lies have been going on for years
— Blizzy Blix (@BowDownBish1) February 12, 2019
Everything he is and does is false.
— Alan Whichard (@AlanWhichard) February 11, 2019
Nooo??? He's lying????
— Amber (@Amber11203199) February 11, 2019
Especially when he speaks about El Paso.