Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested).
As usual, data and Mr. Trump are distant strangers.
According to the American Community Survey, median household income in Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District is 48,017 constant 2015 dollars, in 2015 . Median income for Georgia is 51,244 . The 2.8% difference hardly seems to indicate that the 5th district is in “horrible shape”. The overall poverty rate for the 5th district is 17.3% , compared to 17% for the state.
(National median household income is 55,755; the national poverty rate is 14.7%).
What about the “crime infestation”. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution today:
The most recent violent crime rate for Atlanta and more than two dozen of its largest surrounding counties, according to the FBI, was 401 per 100,000 residents. That puts Atlanta at a rate similar to that of Clarksville, Tenn, which came in at 405. That’s higher than the rate of the Dallas-Fort Worth area (338) but lower than Kansas City (536), Columbia, S.C. (651) and Columbus, Ga. (469).
Update, 1/15, 12 noon Pacific: Here is more on the Georgia’s “horrible” and “crime infested” Fifth District, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Now that Donald Trump has called for help on “burning and crime infested inner cities”, we should remind him that Atlanta was burned during the American Civil War.
Update, 1/16 8:45AM Pacific: Politifact rates Mr. Trump’s statement Mostly False.