The votes in Donald Trump’s stunning Election Day upset hadn’t even all been counted before reports started pouring in from across America of racist, homophobic, Islamophobic and other hate attacks, intimidation and terrorism against people of color and other minorities.
Trump, the billionaire businessman who launched his successful campaign for the White House by calling Mexicans criminals and rapists, and who vowed to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, has inspired hate crimes since the beginning of his presidential bid. But Trump’s unexpected victory has emboldened bigots of all stripes now that, as leading white supremacist and ethnic cleansing advocate Richard B. Spencer rejoiced, “we’re the establishment now.”
It was a wake-up call that couldn’t come too soon, but it didn’t come soon enough for some. Americans didn’t even have time to wake up from the nightmare of November 8 before the reports of Trump-inspired hate started making headlines.
- On election night, Chris Ball, a gay Canadian film producer visiting Santa Monica, California, was brutally assaulted by a group of men, one of whom allegedly boasted that “we’ve got a new president now, you fucking faggots.” Ball’s attackers smashed a bottle over his head; he was hospitalized and left with five stitches in his head.
- Several reports of Muslim women being assaulted because they were wearing hijabs have made headlines around the nation, including in New Mexico and California. Many Muslim women say they are afraid to wear hijabs in public. One student who claimed she was violently attacked at University of Louisiana at Lafayette later admitted she fabricated her story.
- Latino students at Royal Oak Middle School in suburban Detroit were reduced to tears as many of their classmates aggressively chanted “build the wall” in unison during lunch in the school cafeteria.
- Nancy Dung Nguyen of Philadelphia, who works at BPSOS, a nonprofit organization serving the Vietnamese American community, was one of many people of color across the nation to report pro-Trump or anti-immigrant graffiti or vandalism after the election.
- A Nazi swastika and the words “MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN” were spray-painted on a baseball dugout in Wellsville, in western New York; while not far away in Buffalo, a black doll was found hanging from a noose in an elevator at Canisius College.
- CBS North Carolina reporter Derrick Lewis tweeted a photo of graffiti reading “BLACK LIVES DON’T MATTER AND NEITHER DOES YOUR VOTE” on a wall in Durham.
Trump supporters are busy today trolling the protesters who peacefully rallied and marched in cities across America last night to reject the results of Tuesday’s election. “This didn’t happen when Obama won,” they’ve been parroting, belying their disdain for the First Amendment. Actually, it was much uglier than that, and it’s even uglier this time as the bigots are emboldened by a president-elect who has repeatedly encouraged his supporters to violently attack those who oppose him. Sadly, I suspect this isn’t the last time I’ll be reporting on Trump-inspired hate crimes.
Welcome to the new normal. Welcome to morning in Donald Trump’s America.