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At Tulsa rally, Trump cites Baltimore’s violent crime, again

President Donald Trump speaks during his campaign rally at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

Repeating one of his often-used lines, President Donald Trump again called attention to Baltimore’s street violence, noting during his rally Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that the city suffers a higher homicide rate than Afghanistan.

“The murder rate in Baltimore and Detroit is higher than El Salvador, Guatemala or even Afghanistan,” Trump told the crowd. “How they doing the Democrats running those cities? Your whole country will be like that.”

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Trump has invoked Baltimore’s rampant gun violence for more than a year, ever since his public spat with the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

The president is accurate that Baltimore’s homicide rate is higher than those countries. That’s according to data published by the U.S. State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council.

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According to the reports, El Salvador saw 36 killings per 100,000 people last year. Guatemala’s homicide rate fell to 22 killings per 100,000 people by the end of 2018, the most recent year listed. And as of last year, Baltimore’s homicide rate was seven times higher than Afghanistan’s.

Of course, Afghanistan’s murder rate does not include the tens of thousands of deaths from the war.


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