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.
“Trump has told false ‘sir’ stories on all manner of subjects: health care, the Middle East, the courts, unions 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.