This is just another round of golf. You need to go in thinking it's you versus yourself. Don't let a limit or a certain score get into your head. The most important shot is the one you're about to hit.
I am specifically speaking to the direct answers he was shown given in that interview at the RNC. I have no comments on any other comments he made.
Just to show you the misconception on crime rates versus perception over the past 13 years. It's kinda odd that the perceived level of crime was pretty much on par with how much crime there was. Then in 2001 it spiked up and has grown and leveled off at 65%
What changed in 2001? In 2000, the 24 hour new cycle really hit it's full speed with the 2000 election. Then you add in social media in the coming years. People assume there are more violent crimes than before because they are getting more news time. Then they are repeated over and over again.
Is this the article you are talking about? The one Trump quoted the 17% influx in the 50 biggest cities?
Did you read the articles conclusion at all?
1. Your idea that cops have become passive is incorrect
2. You fail to consider the Heroin epidemic that is hitting this country. A large issue that has not been covered by the media. Hey, guns are sexy, drugs are not.
3. There hasn't been a way to quantify how impact Ferguson was on the increase in homicides.
4. Even experts do not realize what caused the massive downturn from the 1991 peak and It's been 25 years.
Heck the Director of the FBI claims they need to find out what is going on. You are going to believe Trump and Newt are correct in blaming this president on it? Come on man. The complexity of this issue is stumping even those who spend their careers studying it. People who spend years looking at the data, trying to find a causation, have still yet to find one.
Here is Trumps rating on that statement of the 17% increase,
Yea, Trump and the GOP are taking one data point and assuming it's Armageddon. Of course Newt doesn't care about causation, he cares about what people feel.