Bette Midler is a legendary actress and icon, but an attempt to fact-check President Donald Trump’s recent speech backfired on her. Midler accused Trump of overstating gun violence in Chicago during his speech. “In Chicago, more than 4,000 people were shot last year alone — and the murder rate so far this year has been even higher. This is not acceptable in our society,” Trump said before members of Congress.
Midler attempted to correct him by sharing an article from the Chicago Tribune on her Twitter account.
Midler’s mistake was confusing a homicide and a shooting as being the same thing. Twitter users were quick to catch the error and point it out to her.
@BetteMidler They were shot and lived, unlike the poor 762. FFS, do you think before you tweet?
— Mellecon (@Mellecon) March 1, 2017
— John Thomas Barnes (@johnbarnesmusic) March 1, 2017
Once again President Trump was correct in his figures. Wednesday morning the Chicago Tribune stated that the number of shootings Trump cited during his address to Congress were accurate.
If anything Trump’s number of 4,000 victims of gun violence in the city of Chicago was low-balled. “There were 4,367 shooting victims in the city last year, and 518 shooting victims so far this year,” the newspaper reported.
During Trump’s speech to Congress, he vowed to clean up the violence in Chicago. Making it an important part of his agenda as president and accused American politicians of ignoring the problems we have in inner cities in favor of global projects that have nothing to do with helping our nation.
“We’ve financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit — and so many other places throughout our land,” Trump said.
President Trump is focused on rebuilding our great nation and celebrities need to be doing the same. Instead of looking for ways to mock and belittle the President they should be looking for ways they can use their influence and status for the good of the people.
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