Never one to back down from controversy, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump went on the offensive this weekend. That is, he found yet more groups to belittle and offend.
It is no secret that following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, which killed at least 129 people and wounded hundreds more, the real-estate mogul has proposed several religiously biased measures to “keep America safe.”
However, it seems like American Muslims are not the billionaire’s only new target. He apparently has something against African Americans too — or at least that is what his latest slip-up on Twitter indicates.
On Sunday, just a day after his supporters physically assaulted a Black Lives Matter protester at one of his rallies, Trump tweeted a wildly inaccurate info-graphic from Crime Statistics Bureau in San Francisco.
Now, one might think that the reality TV star — or at least his team — would be on top of researching correct information before posting something on social media, as he is the leading candidate in the Republican primary.
As it turns out, the racist chart that showed blacks kill more people each year than any other racial group, and the bureau that purportedly gathered the statistics, are both fabricated. Moreover, FBI gathers official crime statistics for the U.S., and they have not released this year’s report yet.
The last annual report of homicide data was published in 2014, according to which, 82 percent of whites were killed by other whites and only 15 percent were killed by blacks. However, the graphic Trump tweeted out had swapped the numbers for the offender's race for white victims, making it look like blacks kill both white and blacks.
Trump anti-immigrant rhetoric has never been a secret, though it seems like his hatemongering has now moved on to another minority community.
His anti-black propaganda tweet comes right after he invoked a long-discredited rumor about the Arab population of New Jersey.
“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” Trump said in a rally during the weekend. “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”
This is not the first time he has said something like this. Furthermore, after making the comment on Saturday, he repeated the assertion during the interview on Sunday.
“There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down,” he said. “I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down, as those buildings came down. And that tells you something.”
While New Jersey police have always denied these rumors and many have accused Trump of running a “hate campaign,” George Pataki, the governor of New York at the time of the attacks and another Republican presidential candidate, slammed Trump on Twitter over his outrageous remarks.
During the same interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on This Week, Trump said that he would lift the ban on the use of water-boarding — an enhanced interrogation technique — if he gets elected to the White House.
“They don’t use water-boarding over there — they use chopping off people’s heads, they use drowning people,” the real-estate magnate said, referring to the brutal tactics employed by ISIS. “I think water-boarding is peanuts compared to what they do to us.”
For those unaware, President Barack Obama issued an executive order to ban the use of tose interrogation techniques for terror suspects on his first full day in office, as the Obama administration, along with the United Nations and most Democrats, believed it to be more of a torture method than anything else.
Trump is known to say controversial things and then backtrack on his rhetoric. However, his litany of shocking remarks over the course of one weekend seems like a new record on the candidate’s part.