Your Daily Obama Gaffe: Hate Crimes Against Hispanics Have Doubled?

From Mickey Kaus:

Where does Obama get that "hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year"--an alleged increase he blamed on "people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up"? The latest FBI statistics I can find are from 2006, not last year. They show about a 14% increase from 2005, by my calculation. Even the Southern Poverty Law Center only claims

According to hate crime statistics published annually by the FBI, anti-Latino hate crimes rose by almost 35% between 2003 and 2006, the latest year for which statistics are available.

A 35% increase over four years is not "doubled last year."

In the taxonomy of Obama gaffes this is not a 'misspoke' gaffe (uncle liberating Auschwitz) or a dumb idea gaffe (no preconditions for meeting with Iran), but a 'just making sh*t up that sounds good' gaffe.

Don't say he isn't thorough.

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