Trump says it’s ‘like living in hell’ in Detroit, other cities

    President Donald Trump at a Battle Creek rally, Dec. 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    During a Fox News town hall Thursday with Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump knocked Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and Oakland over violent crime, while the chyron read, “President Trump on Liberal Cities in Crisis.”

    “Take a look at Detroit; take a look at what’s happening in Oakland. Take a look at what’s happening in Baltimore,” Trump said. “And everyone gets upset when I say it. They say, ‘Oh, is that a racist statement?’ It is not a racist [statement]. Frankly, Black people come up to me and say, ‘Thank you. Thank you, sir, for saying they want to help you cities; it’s like living in hell.'”

    Trump currently trails former Vice President Joe Biden by 11 points in Michigan, per FiveThirtyEight’s polling average.

    CNN fact checker Daniel Dale has flagged Trump’s use of the word “sir” in anecdotes as a “tell” that he’s lying.

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    “Trump has told false ‘sir’ stories on all manner of subjects: health care, the Middle East, the courtsunions and — just last week — both tariffs and social media,” Dale wrote in July 2019. “But no genre of Trump story is more reliably sir-heavy than his collection of suspiciously similar tales about macho men breaking into tears of gratitude in his presence.”

    Trump went on in the town hall to talk about recent shootings in Chicago. “It’s worse than Afghanistan,” he said.

    His solution was to bring back the “stop and frisk” practice for police, the signature policy of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, which has been slammed as racial profiling. Giuliani is one of Trump’s close allies. More than 2,000 cities have held protests against police brutality following a slew of killings of African Americans, including George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

    “It was a great thing [Giuliani] did for New York,” Trump said of stop and frisk.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.