Mike Huckabee took on The Washington Post
in a fact-checking fight over crime statistics that prompted the former Arkansas governor to claim the real movement in America ought to be "Male Lives Matter."
The assertion came as the former 2016 GOP presidential candidate's previous statement to Fox News — that more white than black Americans were shot by police — came under scrutiny by the Post.
"Huckabee appears to have cited the Post's findings that of the 990 people shot in 2015, 948 people were male, 494 were white and 258 were black," the Post's "fact-checker" columnist writes Monday. "So using raw numbers, Huckabee's claim is accurate."
"But as we often warn readers, criminal justice trends generally are calculated by rate, rather than raw numbers," the columnist, Michelle Ye Hee Lee writes.
"So, even though more whites were killed by police in 2015 by sheer numbers, blacks were three times as likely to be killed by police . . . We award two Pinocchios for lack of context and perspective by Huckabee."
Huckabee was unrepentant — and shot back:
"It's not me that needs to be 'fact checked,'" he says in a statement to the newspaper. "It's the Post — I only said exactly what YOU reported. My comments were 100 percent factual."
"The pure facts also reveal that 94 percent of those killed by police are men, so by your 'proportional' standards, the real movement in America should be 'Male Lives Matter.'"
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