Murder rate spikes

“And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years. I used to use that — I’d say that in a speech and everybody was surprised, because the press doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to their advantage to say that. But the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, I guess, from 45 to 47 years.”

Trump in meeting with Sheriffs on 2/7/2017

Truth:  Murders declined by 42 percent between 1993 and 2014, even as the U.S. population rose by 25 percent over the same period.

— PolitiFact

This lie is inconvenient for Trump because he seeks to exploit fear as a mechanism for expanding his power. “For Trump, the potency of fear has become more than a campaign tool; it’s now a governing mechanism.”

Iran attacked our Navy vessel

“Iran’s additional hostile actions that it took against our Navy vessel are ones that we are very clear are not going to sit by and take,” Spicer said, addressing why the administration had decided to put the country “officially on notice” Wednesday.

Sean Spicer press briefing – 2/2/2017

Truth:  Spicer was referring to a Houthi attack on a Saudi vessel.  Houthi rebels receive support from Iran and Saudi Arabia is a muslim nation not subject to Trump’s ban despite the fact that most of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis.  Trump has a complicated  relationship with Saudi Arabia involving business interests, according to the Washington Post.