One of the many bad legacies of Donald Trump’s presidency were hate crimes that reached a 12-year high during his final year in office.
The report, released Monday, found that more than 7,700 criminal hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI in 2020, an increase of approximately 450 incidents over 2019. The increase occurs even when fewer agencies reported incidents of crime to the FBI. hate crimes in their jurisdictions than in previous years.
Last year had the highest count of reported hate crime incidents 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 related to race, with a total of 56% of those crimes motivated by prejudice against blacks or African Americans. Asians have been targeted during the Covid-19 pandemic amid stigmatizing political and online rhetoric, although this category of hate crimes often goes unreported.
Trump’s legacy is not just a plethora of crime and corruption or the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans negligently managing a pandemic. Trump also transformed parts of America into his own bigoted and hateful image.
No president has become more viscerally associated with hatred than Donald Trump. The former president did not invent hatred. There has been bigotry and racism in the country long before it was America.
Trump drew hatred from the darkest corners of the nation, gave it a stamp of approval, and generalized it.
Hate is what Trump is, and his mindset was reflected in federal hate crime statistics.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press group and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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