State of the Union

Alternative Fact of the Week: Patrolling El Paso's criminal hellscape

Alternative Fact of the Week: Patrolling El Paso's criminal hellscape

Let’s face it, this week’s State of the Union address was so chalk full of lies, exaggerations and misrepresentations that bestowing the title of Alternative Fact of the Week is a fool’s errand. But here in Charm City there was one claim that resonates particularly strongly with a populace that has suffered more than its share of violent crime. As part of his pitch for a border wall, President Donald Trump pointed to a city slightly larger than Baltimore that “used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and [was] considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities.” But that was before they installed a “powerful barrier” and now it’s “one of...

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