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By Eileen Sullivan And Chad Day The Associated Press

AP FACT CHECK: Crime stats don’t back Trump’s dire view

WASHINGTON — In presenting himself as the “law and order” candidate for president, Donald Trump portrays a nation of lawlessness and disorder.

That grim picture may speak to the visceral fears of voters of a country “out of control,” as Trump put it. It does not, though, reflect a trend of declining crime that has been unfolding over 25 years.