Hate crimes surge under Trump: The FBI reports hate crimes rose by 17 percent in in the U.S. last year, the largest rise in such crimes since 9/11.
The new FBI report on Hate Crime Statistics for 2017 is based on data submitted by 16,149 law enforcement agencies and shows that “law enforcement agencies submitted incident reports involving 7,175 criminal incidents and 8,437 related offenses as being motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.”
Voice of America reports:
The number of hate crime incidents reported in the United States jumped by 17 percent last year, the largest increase since 2001 when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 fueled a surge in attacks on Americans of Muslim and Arab ancestry.
Associated Press reports:
An annual report shows there were more than 7,100 reported hate crimes last year. There were increases in attacks motivated by racial bias, religious bias and because of a victim’s sexual orientation.
The report, released Tuesday, shows there was a nearly 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crimes. There was a 37 percent spike in anti-Jewish hate crimes.
Recently-installed Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker called the report “a call to action” and vowed that “we will heed that call.” In a statement Whitaker said:
I am particularly troubled by the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, which were already the most common religious hate crimes in the United States, that is well documented in this report. The American people can be assured that this Department has already taken significant and aggressive actions against these crimes and that we will vigorously and effectively defend their rights.
Many attribute the surge in U.S. hate crimes to the racism and deplorable behavior of Donald Trump. A recent report from CNN notes that white nationalists and other hate groups have been emboldened by Trump’s open racism and calls to violence.
Last month, in a new low, President Trump celebrated violence against journalists, praising Rep. Greg Gianforte for body-slamming a reporter.
Bottom line: Hate crimes in the U.S. are surging under the leadership of Donald Trump.