One of the many bad legacies of Donald Trump’s presidency has been hate crimes, which peaked 12 years in his last year in office.
The report, released on Monday, found that more than 7,700 criminal hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI in 2020, an increase of about 450 incidents from 2019. The increase comes even as fewer agencies have reported incidents of hate crimes in their jurisdictions to the FBI than in previous years.
Last year saw the highest number of hate crime incidents reported since 2008, when 7,783 incidents were reported to the FBI.
Data released Monday showed that prejudice against African Americans overwhelmingly comprised the largest category of reported hate crimes offenses involving race, with a total of 56% of such crimes being motivated by anti-black or African-Americans. Asians were targeted during the Covid-19 pandemic amid stigmatizing online and political rhetoric against them, although this category of hate crimes is often underreported.
Trump’s legacy is not just vast amounts of crime and corruption or the negligent killing of hundreds of thousands of Americans in handling the pandemic. Trump has also remade parts of America in his own fanatic and hateful image.
No president has been viscerally associated with hatred more than Donald Trump. The former president did not invent hatred. There was bigotry and racism in the country long before the United States.
Trump pulled hatred out of the darkest corners of the nation, gave it a stamp of approval, and generalized it.
Hate is who Trump is, and his mindset was reflected in federal hate crime statistics.
Mr. Easley is the editor. He is also a White House press pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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