Fox News host Tucker Carlson devoted a portion of his show on Thursday to debunking the widespread but unproven claim by the Left that transgender Americans are being murdered at a higher rate than normal Americans, as The Daily Caller reports.
Carlson highlighted comments from several Democratic presidential candidates repeating this claim, particularly Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.), who both referred to this supposed trend as an “epidemic.” Carlson pointed out that in both statements, neither Warren or Buttigieg gave any specific numbers of how many transgender Americans were supposedly killed.
Carlson then cited a study by the Human Rights Campaign, a far-left organization, which itself admitted that in 2018, only 26 transgender Americans were murdered in the United States. “Every murder is a tragedy,” Carlson conceded, before adding “but does 26 constitute an epidemic? Let’s break it down.”
Citing a report by the Williams Institute, Carlson found that there are approximately 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender. Thus, the 26 murdered in 2018 account for just 1.8 people killed for every 100,000. Out of the total transgender population, this produces a murder rate of just 0.001 percent.
By contrast, the murder rate for regular Americans in 2018 was 4.9 out of every 100,000. This, Carlson concluded, is proof that transgender Americans are “safer than your typical American.”