He hasn’t even moved into the White House, but Trump supporters are already on the attack.
In less than a week, supporters of the president-elect have harrassed people of color, with some acts turning criminal. Swastikas have been spray painted on college campuses, Muslim women have had their hijabs pulled off, and Latino students at a middle school have been told to “build that wall.”
“Since the election, we’ve seen a big uptick in incidents of vandalism, threats, intimidation spurred by the rhetoric surrounding Mr. Trump’s election,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “The white supremacists out there are celebrating his victory and many are feeling their oats.”
More than 200 complaints of hate crimes have been noted since Election Day across the country.
At the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, Black students were added to a racist GroupMe message that included images of lynchings, racial slurs, a calendar invite for a “daily lynching.”
“We are absolutely appalled that earlier today Black freshman students at Penn were added to a racist GroupMe account that appears to be based in Oklahoma,” the university said in a joint statement released by President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli. “The account itself is totally repugnant: it contains violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting images and messages. This is simply deplorable.”
In Silver Spring, MD, a sign advertising Spanish services at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour was ripped down and vandalized with the hateful message, “TRUMP NATION WHITES ONLY.”
Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and sexism are just a few of the ways some Americans choosing to “make America great again,” but in his 60 Minutes interview this Sunday, the president-elect urged them to stop. “I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it– if it helps,” he said during the interview, which was taped on Friday. “I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.”