Lie: Donald Trump Claims the US Murder Rate is at a 45-year High

The Lie Explained: On October 11, 2016 Donald Trump made this claim (which he repeated in subsequent days):

“Do you know it was just announced that murder is the highest it’s been in our country in 45 years?”

The Truth: The US murder rate in 2015 was 4.9 per 100,000 people. This is near an all-time low for the 45-year period Trump references. The murder rate during this period has been as high as 10.2, and frequently over 8.0, per 100,000 people.