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Why is Donald Trump accusing his own supporters of hate crimes?

The president-elect needs to remember that he was sent to Washington to dismantle political correctness and the hate crimes industry, not to praise it.

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Type the words “Trump” and “Racism” into the search engine of the New York Times and you get 654 results. Do so on Google and the results are 88,800,000. The first several Google hits are the latest round of “news” stories denouncing Trump for his alleged failure to denounce prejudice firmly enough when he denounced it on demand for the media again yesterday.

“Donald Trump is Never as Subdued as When He’s Disavowing Racism,” a headline at Vox alleges. In other words, Trump is racist when he isn’t disavowing racism, but he is also racist when he is disavowing racism.

The media and left-wing activists are approaching Green Eggs and Ham territory with their repetitive accusations of prejudice: Trump is a racist in a house. Trump is a racist with a mouse. Trump voters are racist here or there. Trump voters are racist everywhere.

The media is also repeating false allegations of hate crimes from reports manufactured by the main players in the hate crimes industry: the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the Vera Institute for Justice, and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

During the election, Candidate Trump did a superb job of pushing back against claims that he and his supporters were prejudiced. But after his victory he stumbled badly, falling for Lesley Stahl’s defamatory claim on “60 Minutes” that his supporters were “harassing Latinos [and] Muslims.”  Instead of challenging the veracity of Stahl’s accusation or demanding evidence, Trump demurred and apologized and then turned to the cameras and said, “Stop it” to his supporters.

Here is the exchange:

[Lesley Stahl]: When we interviewed him on Friday afternoon Mr. Trump said he had not heard about some of the acts of violence that are popping up in his name… or against his supporters.

Nor he said had he heard about reports of racial slurs and personal threats against African Americans, Latinos and gays by some of his supporters.

Donald Trump: I am very surprised to hear that– I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that–

Stahl: But you do hear it?

Trump: I don’t hear it—I saw, I saw one or two instances…

Stahl: On social media?

Trump: But I think it’s a very small amount. Again, I think it’s—

Stahl: Do you want to say anything to those people?

Trump: I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, ‘cause I’m gonna bring this country together.

Stahl: They’re harassing Latinos, Muslims–

Trump: I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, “Stop it.” If it– if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.

Stop what? Not even the truth-averse Southern Poverty Law Center has managed to produce evidence of a single case of vandalism or assault committed by Trump supporters. Nonetheless, SPLC is insinuating guilt because that is what the SPLC does.

Days after the election, the SPLC produced its first fanciful report on what it is calling “Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since Election Day.”

Pulling from news reports, social media, and direct submissions at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, the SPLC had counted 201 incidents of election-related harassment and intimidation across the country as of Friday, November 11 at 5pm. These range from anti-Black to anti-woman to anti-LGBT incidents. There were many examples of vandalism and epithets directed at individuals. Often times, types of harassment overlapped and many incidents, though not all, involved direct references to the Trump campaign. Every incident could not be immediately independently verified.

Where did these unverified reports come from? Most came from K–12 teachers enrolled in the SPLC’s virulently anti-white, anti-American “Teaching Tolerance” program.

The SPLC report doesn’t actually offer evidence that any of these 201 alleged incidents occurred. Anyone can fill out the incident report form on the group’s website, and most of the tiny selection of cases highlighted are highly subjective, third-person accounts of minor incidents of name-calling, or arguing about the election results.

Are these reports at all accurate? Are the “victims” responsible for starting arguments with classmates? Why should anyone believe accounts of classroom strife offered by educators who were busy encouraging their students to cry, protest, walk out of classrooms, and protest Trump’s election, especially as the SPLC provides blanket anonymity to these teachers?

Ironically, the one serious “incident” mentioned in the report is the beating of a motorist in Chicago by thugs who shouted “Trump voter” at the man. The SPLC mentions this real, documented hate crime only to deny that it was a hate crime:

A video of a white man and alleged Trump voter being beaten in Chicago is making the rounds on social media but authorities say that the incident was the result of a traffic altercation.

Four days later, the SPLC produced a second report titled “Update: More Than 400 Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since the Election.”  It was little different from the first report, but one alleged incident merits highlighting:

From a news report in Georgia:

A Gwinnett County high school teacher said she was left a note in class Friday telling her that her Muslim headscarf “isn’t allowed anymore.” “Why don’t you tie it around your neck & hang yourself with it…,” the note said, signed “America!” 

I live in North Georgia and would expect to hear a lot about such an incident.

In fact, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran one article when the teacher first made the allegation and another a week later in which the teacher, Mairiah Teli, blamed Donald Trump for the note: “I feel children feel safe making comments that are racist or sexist because of him,” Teli told the media.

But then the story, like so many other purported hate crimes, fell into a worm hole. I called the Gwinnett School District to find out if any student had been disciplined for writing the note. I was told nobody had been identified and the investigation was “ongoing.”

And I suspect it will stay that way. The note doesn’t seem credible, and the cautious answers given to me by a spokesperson for the school sound similar to the denouements of hate crime reports that turn out to be hoaxes. If Teli wrote the note herself, it is likely there will be no follow-up article in the newspaper. If she did not, there will likely be more press coverage.

The SPLC issued a third report on November 18: “Update: Incidents of Hateful Harassment Since Election Day Now Number 701.”   In this version the group acknowledges the anecdotal nature of the reporting: “The SPLC made efforts to verify each report but many included in the count remain anecdotal.” The cases highlighted – surely the most serious and credible they could find – hardly sound serious or credible:

As I walked home tonight a man on the street decided he didn’t like my face. “You think that’s funny dirty bitch? I’ll spit on you, you dirty bitch. I can smell the Africa on you”    

On Nov 14 a prof of Native American studies found a flyer on his bulletin board on his door reading “Are you sick of anti-white propaganda in college? You are not alone”

The latter incident is categorized as “hate group recruitment.”

What does not appear to be included in the SPLC reports are the acts of vandalism, rioting and looting, property destruction, assaults on police, illegal blockading of roads and streets, disruption of college campuses, shouting of anti-white and anti-American slurs, and threats of violence from anti-Trump protesters. Because the SPLC offers no details about these incidents, it is at least possible the group is counting these actual crimes, however unlikely. And even if they are being counted, the SPLC is misrepresenting them as pro-Trump violence, just as the group is counting the swastikas that magically appeared after the election as pro-Trump vandalism even though the only people caught painting swastikas have been anti-Trump activists.

We are not in the middle of a tidal wave of hate crimes committed by Trump supporters: we are in the middle of a tidal wave of hate crime hoaxes perpetrated by Trump opponents. Jamie Glazov lists the hoaxes at FrontPageMag.

If Trump believes he can placate leftists by denouncing racism every time they demand it of him, he is only playing into their hands. If he lazily blames his supporters for hate crime hoaxes committed by leftists, he is bolstering the edifice of toxic political correctness that he pledged to bring down during the election. If he fails to correct liars such as Lesley Stahl when she makes unfounded allegations against Trump supporters, he is siding with the leftist hate-mob. And if he fails to counter such lies with the evidence of real attacks on Trump supporters, he is participating in a dangerous ritual of denial.

Trump needs to remember that he was sent to Washington to dismantle political correctness and the hate crimes industry, not to praise it.