To The Daily Sun,
Steve Earle has once again delivered another double-wide truckload of manure. He wrote this week regarding the so-called crime wave in Sweden, "Even Sweden's prime minister denied the description even though Sweden's own statics show a 70 percent increase in crime."
There are no such crime wave statistics. Unlike Mr. Earle, I have actually researched the statistics for both Sweden and the USA as have most of the major publications. But Steve couldn't miss the opportunity to spew his poisonous demagoguery and falsehoods from the alternative right wing universe. Facts don't matter to Mr. Earle.
Actually, "Swedish government data show overall crime rates down slightly in 2015 and 2016 after the nation of 10 million admitted 163,000 asylum seekers, more than any other European country as a share of its population. . . Recent data published by Brå found that from 2015 to 2016, overall crime rates decreased slightly. There was a 13 percent increase of reported rapes in 2016 over 2015, but the number was lower than in 2014 and about the same as in 2011" (see USA Today link below). Brå is the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.
Here is the Swedish Crime Survey with graphs going back to 2005, see https://www.bra.se/bra/bra-in-english/home/crime-and-statistics/swedish-crime-survey.html (Click 'translate' if needed). As Factcheck noted, "Statistics show there has been an uptick in some crime categories since the country took in 160,000 asylum-seekers in 2015. But experts said there is no evidence of a major crime wave." And let's not forget that our murder rate per 100,000 dwarfs Sweden's. Also, Sweden has a much more expansive definition of rape than most nations due to its strong feminist culture, so we have to remember this when comparing Swedish rape statistics with those of a nation with a narrower definition.
Steve and #Fakepresident got their alternative facts from Tucker Carlson's Fox-TV show that that highlighted Ami Horowitz's bogus and dishonest film, "The Stockholm Syndrome." Steve parroted the 70 percent statistic from Horowitz claims on that show. But the Swedish officer interviewed on Fox News claims that Horowitz "edited the answers."
"Anders Göranzon, one of the officers, has since spoken out, saying he and his colleague's comments were stripped of context. He told a reporter in Sweden, "It was supposed to be about crime in high-risk areas. Areas with high crime rates. There wasn't any focus on migration or immigration." (See https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/20/filmmaker-criticized-for-reporting-that-spurred-trump-s-sweden-c/21717885/).
So check out the actual crime data in the Swedish Crime Survey and you will see that Horowitz, #Fakepresident, and Mr. Earle lie. Read http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/02/21/sweden-migrants-trump/98187090/ to see how Ami Horowitz does his editing and manipulation of Swedish crime statistics.
When a white supremacist recently murdered six Muslim worshipers and injured many more in Quebec, did Steve Earle or #Fakepresident say anything? Their silence on crimes against Muslims and minorities tells us what kind of men they are. When Adam Purinton shouted "go back to your country" and shot three in a bar last Wednesday, murdering an Indian man named Srinivas Kuchibhotla, did Steve Earle show us his outrage? Silence again because it wasn't committed by a liberal, a black, a Mexican or a Muslim. When the Islamic Center of Victoria, Texas, was burned down shortly after our so-called president signed his failed unconstitutional Muslim ban, did Steve Earle remark on how terrible this was? Steve probably wished he could have supplied the gasoline. (A million dollars was raised to rebuild it, $800,000 on the first day.)
When arsonists set fire to a Mosque in Seattle, did Steve Earle respond to this with condemnation? Steve would have liked to provided the matches. When the Islamic Center of Lake Travis, Texas, was torched, did Steve voice any disapproval of such attacks on religious freedom? No, Steve would have thanked Jesus. When 111 Jewish community centers in 33 states received bomb threats and their cemeteries were vandalized, did we hear a peep from Steve? No, and it's because in all of the above, white Christian nationalists likely committed the hate crimes. That should tell you all you need to know about Mr. Earle.
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