Donald Trump has managed to keep himself a topic of discussion as he seeks the GOP nomination for the 2016 presidential race. But now, analysts might wonder if the business mogul damaged his chances after tweeting out a racist image that originated as neo-nazi propaganda.
Trump tweeted an image Sunday that was sourced to the Crime Statistics Bureau of San Francisco, an organization that actually doesn’t exist according to a Raw Story report. The image incorrectly states that the number of homicides of Blacks killed by police at one percent, conveniently highlighted in blue text.
The most glaring of the erroneous statistics appears at the bottom of the image which states that Black on Black homicides numbered at 97 percent.
More from Raw Story:
In reality, the FBI shows that 82 percent of white homicide victims were killed by other white people and 15 percent of white homicide victims were killed by black people, and 91 percent of black homicide victims were killed by other black people.
So where did the image and the bogus statistics come from?
Blogger Charles Johnson, of Little Green Footballs, was unable to determine its source through a Google Image search or tineye.com — but he was able to find the earliest tweet using the graphic.
The account’s avatar is a modified swastika used as the symbol of the neo-Nazi German Faith Movement, and the account profile expresses admiration for Adolf Hitler: “A detester of any kind of sick perverted dildo waving marxism and liberalism,we Should have listened to the Austrian chap with the little moustache.”
While Trump might not have known the image’s source, it sends out a dangerous message to his passionate supporters. Sadly, the tweet might not even put a dent in Trump’s momentum as he leads by nine points in a recent Iowa poll held by CBS News.
And for those keeping score at home, the actual percentage of whites killed by Blacks is 14 percent according to the FBI, not 81 percent like the fake stats suggests.