Saying something often doesn’t make it true.
That’s the message that German politicians and newspaper editors delivered to President Donald Trump on Tuesday after he wrongly claimed once again that crime in the European country is on the rise.
“My answer is that the interior minister presented the crime statistics a short while ago and they speak for themselves,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron when asked about Trump’s flurry of tweets.
In fact, crime in Germany has fallen to its lowest levels since 1992, even as the country has become home to a million refugees fleeing war-torn nations in the Middle East and North Africa.
“Again! Trump just repeated his false claim that crime in Germany is up due to immigration. This is really crazy,” tweeted Mathieu von Rohr, a top international editor at Der Spiegel, a top German news magazine.
However, the facts didn’t stop Trump from doubling down on the claim and insisting Merkel’s government was cooking crime stats.
“Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted,” he tweeted Tuesday morning.
He offered no support for the allegation.