Former GOP presidential candidate and Trump supporter Mike Huckabee said that the “real movement in America should be ‘Male Lives Matter.'”
Huckabee had said in an interview on Fox that in 2015 more white people were killed by police officers than black people. He cited findings by the Washington Post, which found that “of the 990 people shot in 2015, 948 people were male, 494 were white and 258 were black.”
The Post‘s fact-checker noted that Huckabee was correct in terms of the raw numbers, but a more accurate assessment would make a per capita calculation:
[P]olice killed blacks at three times the rate of whites when adjusted for the populations where these shootings occurred. And although black men represent 6 percent of the U.S. population, they made up nearly 40 percent of those who were killed while unarmed.
Through a spokesperson, Huckabee told the Post:
It’s not me that needs to be ‘fact checked.’ 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.’
The Post‘s fact-checker noted that “Huckabee bemoaned the lack of context and perspective when reporting on shootings data, but he presented numbers without context in this interview,” and accordingly awarded him two Pinocchios.
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