Every time Angela Merkel speaks, even if she speaks exclusively in German to someone who doesn’t speak the language, the United States gets a glimpse of the kind of leadership it could have had were it not for the electoral college.
On Tuesday, the brilliant Chancellor snapped back at Trump over his repeated claims that Germany has seen an increase in crime.
In reality, crime in Germany has declined under Merkel, who declared that the real statistics “speak for themselves.”
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Reuters was on site for a conference between Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron when the topic of Trump’s comments came before both leaders.
“The interior minister presented the crime statistics a short while ago and they speak for themselves,” Merkel said, adding, “We are seeing a slight positive development. We must always do more to fight criminality. But they were very encouraging numbers.”
Trump’s comments resulted from the growing pressure from anyone with a soul to end the practice of separating families at the border and throwing scared children into concentration camps, some in truly horrific conditions.
In a weak justification of the practice, Trump made a statement on Monday using supposed migration problems in Europe as a defense.
“We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!” Trump tweeted.
He later claimed that crime in Germany is “way up,” despite statistics showing the contrary. In fact, German crime rates are the lowest they’ve been in nearly 30 years.
On Tuesday, Trump doubled-down on his comments after being fact-checked by the “fake news” media.
“Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted. Others countries are even worse. Be smart America!” he tweeted.
He also gave a live speech to a conservative forum in which he claimed the crime rate in Germany was up 10%, when in fact 2017 saw a 9.6% decline in crime in the country.
Of all the countries Trump could have pointed to, some which have seen actual terror attacks like France and the U.K. during his presidential term, it’s interesting that Trump chose to point to Germany. Trump commonly uses the tactic of accusing others of a crime for which he is guilty of or responsible for. While he may have thought that Germany would be an easy scapegoat because of the Holocaust, his lie is easily debunked.
That said, Trump has been rightfully likened to Hitler since grabbing the Republican nomination out of a pool of 17 other stooges, so picking on the country which once allowed Hitler’s fascist rise to power is probably not his best move.
Let’s face it, Trump probably would have preferred that America lost WWII, considering how he seems hell-bent on sucking America back into the 1930s with his rhetoric and policies.
Mueller, hurry up.