Obama and Trump: Facts vs. Fear

From 7-22-16 episode of The Rob Zicari Show LIVE 10-1pm M-F

Last week was the Republican convention. This week is the Democratic convention. That’s where the media spotlight has been primarily focused. But in between these events, a whole lot of violence and mayhem has been exploding around the world. You had the truck attack in Nice and then the shooting in Munich. Before that, an ax-wielding maniac in Wuerzburg, Germany. This weekend, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside an open air concert in Ansbach, Germany. Just last night there was a shooting in Fort Myers, Florida that left two people dead and at least 17 injured. And let’s not forget about the five cops gunned down in Dallas and the three in Baton Rouge.

All of this has happened within the past couple of weeks. But according to people like Bill Maher, Van Jones and President Obama, Donald Trump is painting a ‘doom and gloom’ portrait of the world that is not accurate. None of this is happening, it’s just Trump trying to scare everybody.

Obama said:

“This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people.”

“I think it is important to be absolutely clear here. Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jibe with the facts. America is much less violent than it was 20 or 30 years ago. We’re not going to make good decisions based on fears that don’t have a basis in fact. And that, I think, is something that I hope all Americans pay attention to.”

For people Bill Maher, Van Jones and Obama, everything is peachy. But if you live in one of the major cities that has experienced a 17% increase in violent crime and you don’t have a bodyguard or a Secret Service detail, you feel it. You see it. Bill Maher has no idea what the real world is, neither does Van Jones. I guarantee you that Van Jones doesn’t live in a South Chicago neighborhood. Ana Navarro doesn’t live in a crime-ridden barrio.


President Obama makes jokes about Trump, saying when he goes outside, he doesn’t see the sky falling. Obama said, “When it comes to crime, the violent crime rate in America has been lowered during my presidency and any time in the last three, four decades. And although it is true that we’ve seen an uptick in murders and violent crime in some cities this year, the fact of the matter is that the murder rate today, the violence rate today, is far lower than it was when Ronald Reagan was president, and lower than when I took office.”

Yes, I’m sure the murder and violent crime rates have gone down in Van Jones, Ana Navarro and Bill Maher’s neighborhoods. But in the neighborhoods of people they claim to be the champions of, there has been a lot more than an ‘uptick.’ There is a lot of joblessness and violence in the black and Latino communities, but according to Obama and the Democrats, somehow it doesn’t exists. It’s all made up by Donald Trump and the GOP fear mongers.

If I were black or Latino, I would be pissed. Year after year, they give Democrats their votes. What do Dems do for them? If I lived in one of these high crime areas, I would ask them, “What have you done for my community?”

Black Lives Matter protesters call their movement the great civil rights struggle of their generation. Most of these people are millennials, who have no concept of what it was like to not be able to use a certain bathroom, sit in a restaurant or attend a decent school. That’s why you don’t see a lot of older people at these demonstrations. I think older African-Americans are offended when they Black Lives Matter compare their riots to Selma and the Freedom Rides. When they see someone like Michael Brown, who robs a convenience store and assaults a policeman, or Alton Sterling, a convicted pedophile who threatens a homeless man with a gun being compared to Emmett Till, when they see BLM’s riots being compared to marches they had when black people couldn’t vote, I think the ones who lived through this time are offended. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t see a lot of older black folk being arrested alongside DeRay McKesson.


Here is a portion of what Donald Trump said Thursday night:

These are the facts:

Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement.

Homicides last year increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60% in nearby Baltimore.

In the President’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And more than 3,600 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year. Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.

The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.

One such border-crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska. There, he ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root. She was 21 years-old, and was killed the day after graduating from college with a 4.0 Grade Point Average. Her killer was then released a second time, and he is now a fugitive from the law.

I’ve met Sarah’s beautiful family. But to this Administration, their amazing daughter was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders. What about our economy?

Again, I will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper: Nearly Four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58% of African American youth are not employed. 2 million more Latinos are in poverty today than when the President took his oath of office less than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely.

Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000. Our manufacturing trade deficit has reached an all-time high – nearly $800 billion in a single year. The budget is no better.

President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing. Yet, what do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are in Third World condition, and forty-three million Americans are on food stamps.

Now, what part of that isn’t accurate? What doesn’t ‘jibe with that facts?’

Democrats and this president have done nothing for black or Latino people. If you sit in the White House or live in a nice neighborhood like Bill Maher or Van Jones or Ana Navarro, you don’t experience the effects of a 17% increase in violent crime.

This isn’t ‘doom and gloom,’ my African-American and Latino friends. These are cold, hard facts.  Obama has done nothing for you. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, nothing will ever get better for you. Nothing.


Trump 2016


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