“The US murder rate under Joe Biden...” she wrote, alongside a graphic showing a nearly 30% spike in murders last year, when she was a spokesperson for then-President Donald Trump. The graph was included in an article by The New York Times this week about the increase in murders last summer and the flattening of the murder rate this year.
McEnany deleted the tweet, but not before numerous journalists and Twitter users captured it.
McEnany did not acknowledge her error. After deleting the first tweet, she issued a new one blaming Democratic mayors and the movement to defund the police for rising crime, while claiming that Biden, who did not hold any office in 2020, had “enabled this.”
The Times reported that there isn’t a clear picture on what caused the rise in murders last year but that “analysts have pointed to many possible contributing factors, including various pandemic stresses; increased distrust between the police and the public after the murder of George Floyd, including a pullback by the police in response to criticism; and increased firearm carrying.”