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Has Trump's Presidency Led to More Hate Crimes? New Studies Say Yes

It’s been quite the presidency for Donald Trump. He has made headlines with multiple bouts of insensitive language that have earned him accusations of racism, misogyny, and other types of bigotry. Additionally, his policies have been brought under scrutiny for their resemblance to far-right extremism and anti-immigrant rhetoric.


It may have reached a peak last month when a white nationalist committed a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, TX targeting Mexican immigrants. The shooter claimed in his manifesto that his views predated Trump's presidency, but many in the media noted the resemblance of the shooter's language to that of the president, the GOP, and media outlets like Fox News. Though Trump outwardly denounced the shooter and white supremacy, it was the first time he had done so following a hate crime without backpedalling.

Still, Trump doesn't seem to think his speech is contributing to white extremism at all. Within the past week, he has implied that Democrat-voting Jewish people were doing a disservice to Israel and talked of removing birthright citizenship for children born in this country to immigrants. Additionally, his acting Head of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli revised "The New Colossus," the poem etched on the Statue of Liberty. It may be time to look at the effects of Trump's words and what community leaders and government officials may be able to do in order to mitigate the resulting damage.

What Trump Has (and Hasn't) Said

It's important to note who the target of the President's words are. Particularly, he has taken aim at three sets of people: Mexicans, Muslims, and anybody who openly disagrees with him. However, he has also made a habit of harshly describing refugees, women, and other minorities.

These biases is nothing new from Trump -- for instance, he has previously been investigated by the FBI for housing descrimination. But the president's words and opinions have reached new heights. When he has spoken about "illegal immigration," he has done so in a way that paints all immigrants in a bad light. The message received is that America has not come down hard enough on immigration, and that the immigrants we're receiving are not beneficial for the country. Thus, he has advocated for a border wall, which the majority of Americans do not support.

He further generalized this speech toward people of color when he recently told four minority congress women to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came." Three of them are American-born, and obviously all four are American citizens.

However, what has been equally shocking is what the president has not said. He has repeatedly remained silent on the motivation behind white supremacist attacks. In the clash between pro-Confederate statue marchers and protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, he barely acknowledged the ideology they were fighting over. Instead, he claimed there were "very fine people on both sides." And recently, when a crowd member at a Trump rally in Florida joked about shooting illegal migrants, the president chuckled and joked about it.

Hate Crimes in the US in Relation to Trump's Words

Trump's words have created public disdain toward globalization, despite the benefits of travel and globalization. Studies show that, due to this attitude he's propelled, there has in fact been a rise in hate crimes. In fact, the amount reportedly jumped 226% in the counties he campaigned in before the 2016 election. Many instances of hate crimes related to his words can be monitored and researched via a hate and violence map created by America's Voice.

Some will point out a decrease of violent crime to deflect from the effects of the president's language, but such excuses are short sighted. Although violent crime has decreased over a long period of time (from the 1990s until now), it did increase again in 2016. While it is still lower than it was two decades ago, violent crime is still very much a cultural fear, and there could be concern regarding his strategy leading to the 2020 election.

The previously mentioned lists aren't the only studies that show a correlation between Trump's speech and hate-fueled violence. Despite his claims that "my rhetoric brings people together," ABC News recently compiled a list of 36 hate crimes against minority groups that referenced the president or his words. The correlation has been documented many times. If the White House won't acknowledge this truth or do anything about it, then it's up to other government and community leaders to do so.

Where Leaders and Communities Can Step In

It's difficult to take direct action against Trump right now, because he can't legally be accused of racism on the House floor. However government leaders do have some power to work upstream against the effects of his rhetoric. The people he slanders and attacks are the same people that politicians should be advocating for.

Government leaders can work at an institutional level to empower the communities being targeted by the GOP. They can do this in a number of ways, including:

  • Hiring a diverse staff
  • Coming down hard on punishment for hate crimes
  • Promoting those who are doing great work internationally
  • Meeting with members of targeted communities to see how they can help
  • Enacting laws and programs to help

Community leaders, on the other hand, can take action on the ground. Here are some of the ways in which they can do so:

  • Working with law enforcement in impoverished areas and communities of color
  • Working with teachers to help students of color deal with trauma following hate crimes and harassment
  • Meeting with government officials on behalf of a community
  • Organizing community meetings with people of power in which individuals can speak their mind
  • Attempting to educate those of privilege and power about what they can do to help heal communities affected by racist rhetoric

The fact is, those with power and influence need to be using their positions to combat racism and hate. What Trump says (and what he doesn't) is costing the lives of minorities and allies alike. Leaders need to stand up and act now for the purposes of love, unity, and tolerance. If America is going to tout itself as a place of diversity, we need to ensure it rejects hateful ideology.

Posted by jhamilton at September 25, 2019 4:40 PM
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Comment #449043

It is difficult to take jhamilton’s article seriously, when jhamilton’s article contains such blatantly false statements such as the following:

jhamilton wrote: What Trump says (and what he doesn’t) is costing the lives of minorities and allies alike.

However, the article that jhamilton referenced states that Trump said the following:
Trump said:“Don’t forget: We don’t let them, and we can’t let them, use weapons. We can’t, … Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that. But how do you stop these people?

WHERE is the PROOF that Trump is “costing the lives of minorities” and allies alike?

WHERE is jhamilton’s outrage about ALL of THIS, THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS ?

It is interesting how so many Democrats so conveniently ignore all of that, which is ALL far, far, far worse (and has been for many dozens of decades) than the actions of any other group in the U.S.A.

WHO is committing most of the hate crimes ?

Who is mostly instigating hate and mob-like behavior? Democrats.

Who is making excuses and defending Antifa?
I don’t hear or see but only a very few Democrats denouncing violence by Antifa, and some Democrats are actually defending Antifa.
For example (see video).
And CNN’s Chris Quomo and Don Lemon defend Antifa.

What about ALL of the following?
In the past, Democrats:

It appears that little has changed.
Today, Democrats are running around everywhere calling others names and screaming Racist !, Fascist !, White Nationalist !, Bigot !, Nazi !, etc., etc. etc. (or worse)!

Regarding automatic birthright citizenship, it is debatable whether it is actually constitutional.
It is being abused on a massive scale.
The 14th amendment should be amended such that citizenship is only for people born in the U.S. by a U.S. citizen. At Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, 70% of a ALL births are by illegal immigrants, and the U.S. citizens are paying the bill for all of that, and the illegal immigrants use the baby as an anchor-baby to acquire welfare and many other benefits.

Look at the many ways that Democrats not only pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other, but Democrats also pit U.S. citizens against each other (see list of (1),…,(5) above).

QUESTION: And why do so many Democrats ignoring ALL of this ?
ANSWER: For the electoral votes, since the decennial census does not verify citizenship.

Yet, many Democrats still think they can claim the moral high-ground, despite their long history of despicable behavior, and numerous the despicable things they are still doing to this day.

Perhaps that is why many Democrats are so desparate to BUY VOTES via all sorts of promises of free stuff?
For example:

  • a free income;
  • promises of free college tuition;
  • promises of free college for non-citizens also;
  • already, some sanctuary states give free tuition or in-state college tuition to non-citizens, but charge higher college tuition rates for out-of-state citizens;
  • promises to eliminate all college loan debt;
  • promises of free healthcare (including free healthcare for non-citizens);
  • promises of free day care for children;
  • promises to allow non-citizens to vote;
  • promises to allow people to vote at age 16;
  • promises to allow non-citizens to be counted in decennial CENSUS (which can increase the number of electoral votes for states with large numbers of non-citizens, since the decennial CENSUS does not verify citizenship); there is a reason why California is a sanctuary state with about 3 Million illegal immigrants;
  • promises to allow convicted and incarcerated felons to vote (including murderers, rapists, pedophiles, etc.);
  • promises of reparations for black people (punishing others that had nothing to do with slavery, which was abolished 154 years ago in 1865);
  • promises to promote sanctuary cities and states; promises of another amnesty like the shamnesty of 1986; promises of open-borders, while conveniently ignore 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens (source: site2data.com/homicides1.html);
  • promises to abolish I.C.E. and BCP (Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection);
  • promises to refuse any legislation to:
    • (a) require employers to use eVerify (to verify eligibility for employment);
    • (b) to stop the abuse of asylum laws;
    • (c) and stop the abuse of birth-right citizenship (women from all over the world are booking vacations to the U.S. to give birth, so that their child will have U.S. citizenship; 70% of births at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX are by illegal immigrants);
  • promises to give illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses, and also automatically register them to vote; illegal voting by non-citizens is widespread in all states;
  • promises of statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C.;
  • promises to change the number of Supreme Court justices with hopes of packing the court with more extremists like themselves;
  • promises to restrict or eliminate 2nd Amendment rights, and say it is worth it “even if it saves only ONE life”, but hypocritically ignore 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens, and the many tens of thousands of victims of crime by criminal non-citizens (sources: www.gao.gov/assets/320/316959.pdf ; site2data.com/homicides1.html ), not to mention losses of $300 Billion (or more) per year due to illegal immigration.
  • and now, promises to pay off all medical bills.
There appears to be no low that many Democrats won’t hesitate to stoop-to in order to obtain more votes (i.e. via lying, bribing voters; massive illegal immigration to get more electoral votes, etc., etc., etc.).
And nevermind that the things being promised are impossible, and would cost many ten$ of Trillion$ of dollar$, and the U.S. national debt is already beyond nightmare proportions of $22.6 Trillion ($69K per person) as of SEP-2019 (more than U.S. GDP).

Posted by: d.a.n at September 30, 2019 5:28 PM
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