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Hate crimes went up in the fourth quarter of 2016, and according to a report on CNN, it was all Donald Trump’s fault.

“The crimes in the United States have increased to a point not seen in recent history,” CNN reported. Citing FBI figures, it said 6,121 hate crimes were reported in the United States in 2016, up from 5,850 in 2015.

“The FBI’s report puts more statistical weight behind the argument that the 2016 election coincided with an increase in hate crimes, including by those purporting to be supporters of President Donald Trump,” the article stated. “In the days after the 2016 election, an increase in racist slogans and hateful messages was reported, especially in schools.”

It then goes on to cite a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing group that maintains a log of hate crimes and hate groups. The report that said 867 cases of hateful harassment or intimidation occurred in the 10 days after the Nov. 8 election. 

“The rise in 2016 reported by the FBI comes after observers have pointed to an increase in hate crimes and conversations about racial animus and hate speech have been central to political conversations nationwide,” CNN stated.

Trump has been slow to respond to the outbreaks of violence, according to CNN.

“After coming under criticism for not speaking out, Trump responded by saying he was ‘so saddened’ to hear about vitriol hurled by some of his supporters against minorities. ‘If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras … Stop it,” Trump said on “60 Minutes” shortly after Election Day.

CNN also said he was “slow to respond” to the Charlottesville race riots.

As the Daily Signal reported, the Southern Poverty Law Center collects its data from the #ReportHate page on its website and from “media accounts.” The group did not verify any of the incidents.

This is a problem because hundreds of reported hate crimes have turned out to be hoaxes perpetrated by the victims themselves. In Malden, Mass., a man told police white men approached him, used a racial slur, made reference to lynching and warned him this is Donald Trump country now, only to later reveal he had lied about the whole thing.

Moreover, its list seems only to include purported right-wing bias. It did not note, for instance, an incident in August in which Antifa attacked a peaceful “Rally Against Hate” in Berkeley, Calif., injuring dozens of the 2,000 people on hand.

The Washington Post coverage of the event carefully documented the violence. A Trump supporter “was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another was attacked by five black-clad Antifa members, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself. A conservative group leader retreated for safety behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed, ‘Fascist go home.’”

At least five people were attacked and 13 were arrested on charges ranging from assault with a deadly weapon to obstructing police.

“And although anti-hate and left-wing protesters largely drowned out the smaller clutch of far-right marchers attending a planned ‘No Marxism in America’ rally,” the Post ominously reported, “Sunday’s confrontation marked another street brawl between opposing ends of the political spectrum – violence that has become a regular feature of the Trump years and gives signs of spiraling upward, particularly in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville.”

For the record, people who are assaulting others with deadly weapons, windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself or throwing water bottles and spraying pepper spray at another person are not members of any anti-hate group.

And the violence may be occurring during the “Trump years” – or, well, year. But it is not being perpetrated by Trump supporters; it is almost entirely authored by people on the left who have yet to accept the results of the 2016 presidential election. To pretend otherwise is to … be a member in good standing of the mainstream media. 

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