CNN’s King: Some Crime Is Up, But Trump’s Trying to Exploit ‘Disconnect’ Between Perceptions and Stats


On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” CNN Chief National Correspondent John King reacted to 2024 Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump attending the wake of a slain NYPD officer by stating that “there’s a disconnect between the crime statistics” and while property crimes and vehicle thefts have gone up, “most violent crimes are down” nationally and “the statistics tell you crime is in better shape now than it was a few years back. However, some of these crimes are so shocking, Wolf, that they stir people, they stir anxiety, and Trump wants to turn that into votes.”

Host Wolf Blitzer asked, “John, as we reported, a third former President, namely Donald Trump, is also in New York today attending the wake of an NYPD police officer gunned down during a traffic stop. Trump is not known necessarily for this sort of appearance. So, why is he doing this now?”