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Dianna E. Anderson @diannaeanderson
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Roseanne’s tweet about Trump “saving kids” has to do with a fake claim from Trump Internet that arrests for human trafficking are up since Trump took office. There are a few things wrong with that. (a short [?] thread).
Claim’s been rotating since at least last summer (when I first saw it) and we don’t actually have official numbers for Trump’s administration yet. Most recent numbers are 2016.
Second, the specific number Trump folks like to cite is about 6k, compared to ~2k under Obama (these are all numbers from memes about this). The 2k number from Obama is Homeland Security Investigation arrests. The number for Trump is … well. ?????
But all that matters is that Trump Has a Bigger Number Than the Black Guy, and they aren’t going to check their sources anyway. Most of the way folks appear to have arrived at that number is by looking at the number of trafficking arrests *worldwide*.
They also have culled the number by combining a bunch of different reports of ICE arrests (which are not human trafficking arrests) and arrests re: child sex abuse cases (again, NOT human trafficking).
They also have pulled in, as near as I can tell, numbers of arrests for sexual solicitation, which also artificially inflates Trump’s number, while comparing it to Obama’s *actual* HSI trafficking numbers.
So. Now you know where in the hell that claim comes from. It is, as Dear Leader would say, Fake News.
The question of how to deal with and combat such, shall we say, delusional thinking is another matter entirely, and once I don’t have an answer to, other than to read critically and for context, at all times.
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