US President Donald Trump has caused outrage on social media after he blamed the rise in UK crime rates on “radical Islam”.
He posted on Twitter last Friday: “Just out report: “United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.” Not good, we must keep America safe!”
His comments were met with an immediate backlash. Trump strikes me as a man who is blissfully unaware of the true nature of his own country’s crime statistics let alone elsewhere around the world. These interesting crime statistics from Ly Lawyers might be of use to Trump if he decides to do his homework for once on trusted ally Australia.
The Labour MP, Yvette Cooper, said the statement was “inflammatory and ignorant”, while ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband said Mr Trump was “a moron”.
Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn Labour MP Tulip Siddiq said: “Every day I have to pinch myself to be sure I’m not imagining that this buffoon is still in the White House.
“My advice to President Trump, who seems to have a special talent of giving his lazy opinion on situations which he knows nothing about, would be to delete his account and step away from social media for good.”
Labour MP for Ilford South, Mike Gapes, tweeted back: “Dear President Trump. It appears that some stupid fool has hacked into your twitter account.”
President Trump’s tweet used data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)’s latest crime statistics, which reported a 13% increase across all offences in the 12 months up to June 2017.
It covered England and Wales only, not the whole of the UK.