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New Report Shows Trump’s Rhetoric More Than Doubles Hate-Motivated Acts Of Violence



It is still fresh in our memories that some horrible, horrible person thought it was necessary to murder Muslims in New Zealand as part of an appalling far right terror attack owing to an “invasion” of migrants. This is not, as the right wing press would like us to believe, a one off incident – far right violence, especially violence motivated by hate, has been on the up for some time now. A huge amount of people have already drawn the obvious link between people committing acts of violence against vulnerable and minority groups and the outrageous rhetoric of many right wing and populist politicians – such as President Donald Trump, of course – which not only incites hatred towards people who are different, but encourages people to blame them for all their problems. Unemployment, economic difficulty, crime, cultural insecurity – whatever it is, people are told to just blame it on immigrants and, unsurprisingly, more and more people are committing acts of hate and violence as a result.

Trump, of course, refuses to admit any responsibility for this whatsoever. As is consistent with his character, he simply insists that he has done nothing wrong and shifts all the blame onto the Fake News Media for merely reporting the facts of the matter:

“The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand. They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!”

However, it just became much more difficult for Trump to dismiss that claim as “ridiculous” and move on. A new scientific investigation by the Washington Post has revealed the real consequences of the kind of stuff Trump likes to say to get his supporters fired up, and it makes for very grim reading indeed:

According to a new study reported by The Washington Post, counties that hosted political rallies with Donald Trump as the headliner in 2016 saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host such a rally in subsequent months. The three researchers behind the analysis, who are all professors or graduate students of political science at the University of North Texas, aimed to find out whether Trump’s divisive rhetoric on the campaign trail played a role in emboldening white nationalists. Using data from the Anti-Defamation League that maps out reported incidents of hate crimes, the authors designed a metric to measure how Trump’s campaign rallies correlated with incidences of hate crimes. Their findings: “Trump’s rhetoric may encourage hate crimes.”

This is shocking. How anyone can continue to support this man in light of this data is beyond me.





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