No, undocumented immigrants are not tied to 50% of Texas murders

Conservative writer Gavin McInnes ties undocumented immigrants to half of Texas murders (screengrab)
Conservative writer Gavin McInnes ties undocumented immigrants to half of Texas murders (screengrab)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is standing by his sweeping and negative comments about Mexican immigrants. But the billionaire’s remarks at his campaign announcement speech have cost him: His show contract with NBC has been canceled, Mexico has withdrawn from the Miss Universe contest Trump cosponsors, and Macy’s announced it will stop selling Trump-branded menswear.

Trump blamed the media for taking his remarks out of context. His reference to rapists and drug dealers referred to a failed immigration policy, not all Mexicans he said.

But the blowback aside, Trump has his ardent supporters. Count Gavin McInnes among them.

The flamboyant and purposefully politically incorrect talker appeared on Fox News to defend Trump. In a conversation on The Greg Gutfeld Show, McInnes called Trump an "awesome guy" who "ought to be revered." McInnes said the media was wrong to brush off Trump’s assertions.

"He just said a bunch of hate facts," McInnes said. "The crime rate with illegals is through the roof."

When Gutfeld pressed McInnes to give some facts of his own, McInnes delivered one.

"50 percent of murders in Texas have been linked to illegal aliens," he said.

"Is that a fact?" Gutfeld asked. "I don’t know."

We can resolve that uncertainty. No, it isn’t a fact.