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Report: Donald Trump Campaign Visit Preceded Rise in Hate Crimes
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50336"><span class="small">Ibn Safir, The Root</span></a>   
Monday, 25 March 2019 08:37

Safir writes: "According to the Washington Post, counties that hosted Donald Trump rallies saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes in the months following Trump's stop in town."

A little girl holding a Trump campaign sign. (photo: Getty Images)
A little girl holding a Trump campaign sign. (photo: Getty Images)


Report: Donald Trump Campaign Visit Preceded Rise in Hate Crimes

By Ibn Safir, The Root

25 March 19

 

ccording to the Washington Post, counties that hosted Donald Trump rallies saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes in the months following Trump’s stop in town.

Using the Anti-Defamation League’s Hate Extremism Anti-Semitism and Terrorism map, the Post checked for a correlation between the counties that hosted one of Trump’s presidential rallies in 2016 and upticks in hate crime activity.

Controlling for crime rates, active hate groups, minority population, college education, and location in the country, the HEAT map showed the jump in hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host Trump.

From the Post:

Of course, our analysis cannot be certain it was Trump’s campaign rally rhetoric that caused people to commit more hate crimes in the host county. However, suggestions that this effect can be explained through a plethora of faux hate crimes are at best unrealistic. In fact, this charge is frequently used as a political tool to dismiss concerns about hate crimes. Research shows it is far more likely that hate crime statistics are considerably lower because of underreporting.
Additionally, it is hard to discount a “Trump effect” when a considerable number of these reported hate crimes reference Trump. According to the ADL’s 2016 data, these incidents included vandalism, intimidation and assault.

While the Post took its time to spell out that correlation is not causation, it is worth noting that the 2017 FBI Universal Crime Report reported a 17 percent increase in over the year prior. According to research conducted by the Department of Political Science at Tufts University, “exposure to Trump’s prejudiced statements made people more more likely to write offensive things, not only about the groups targeted by Trump, but sometimes about other identity groups as well.”

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-6 # BKnowswhitt 2019-03-25 14:15
Wow how informative. Let's see. Haters Love to Hate. All types all kinds. Both right and left and how the Left Hates Trump .. he brings out zillions more Leftie Haters than Righties ...
 
 
+1 # MJnevetS 2019-03-25 15:26
BKnowsshit - It is always amazing to me that someone who is presumptively literate (can read the words written) yet can come to such absurd conclusions. As the article noted "counties that hosted Donald Trump rallies saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes" "a considerable number of these reported hate crimes reference Trump." People on the left abhor Trump (because of his words and actions) not because he is a member of a particular class (i.e. white (supremacist), male, jackass, etc.)