Hate Crimes in Trump Era

By Updated at 2018-10-29 01:42:06 +0000


The 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, the suspected mad bomber who sent possible explosive devices to Democrat leaders attended repeated campaign rallies for Donald Trump and embraced a range of virulent right-wing fringe causes. He’s a true believer in Trump, according to his social media pages.

In another crime, the suspect in the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents.

Trump delivered these lines after the attack: "There must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America or for any form of religious or racial hatred or prejudice."

If Trump truly wanted to make it clear that he was opposed to religious hatred, then why has he not been outspoken as we've seen a spike in hate crimes in the past two years?

In reality, US president Donald Trump’s first 2 years in office created disturbing growth among extremism.

He is using immigration to scare people and has spread religious hatred both as a candidate and as president. In the past he has also refused to denounce anti-Semitism when given the opportunities to do so.

In February 2016, Trump was asked directly by CNN's Jake Tapper if he would disavow the support of well-known white supremacist David Duke, a man who in the past claimed Jews were a threat to the Christian character of America -- and worse. Trump refused, instead claiming that "I know nothing about David Duke."

In reality, Trump had in past years had made numerous comments about Duke, even denouncing him, but now that Trump was running for president, he apparently didn't want to lose any potential supporters -- including anti-Semites.

After 2017 Charlottesville violent rally where white supremacists chanted "Jews will not replace us," he made his infamous comment that there were "very fine people" on "both sides," as he equated those fighting against hate with those spewing bigotry.

Trump made fearmongering of Muslims one of the main pillars of his 2016 campaign -- with comments like "Islam hates us" and false claims that Muslims in New Jersey cheered on 9/11. And, of course, there was Trump's December 2015 call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims" being allowed to enter our country, seemingly for no other reason than his prejudice toward our faith.

Trump continued this pattern as president when, in November 2017, he retweeted videos that had been shared on Twitter by one of the United Kingdom's most notorious anti-Muslim groups. These videos were created with the sole purpose of stirring up hate against Muslims -- and Trump helped to spread them to an even larger audience.

By Michael Lutz