|A former Governor a Texas (left) the now faker (right)|
What Rick thinks:
"For the president of the United States to go to El Paso, Texas, and say that the border is safer than it's ever been, either he has some of the poorest intel of a president in the history of this country or he was an abject liar to the American people," Perry said. "It is not safe on that border."What is actually taking place:
An extensive July 2011 analysis of crime data from Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico by USA Today found that "violent crime rates were on average lower in cities within 30, 50 and 100 miles of the border — the distances used to fit various definitions of the 'border region.'"Border cities in Texas were no exception.So which is it? Is Rick Perry badly misinformed (like he is on most other issues) or is he just an abject liar? Hard to tell sometimes.
Perry's comments have angered El Paso's lawmakers and business leaders who have consistently disputed what they claim is political fear-mongering.
"It's incredibly frustrating to have the governor of our state use the national stage to denigrate our community," El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar told the El Paso Times after the debate. "We are not unsafe. Every time he says that, it hurts us."
And I leave you with the Republican Party of yore. How I miss thee.
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