Americans are reeling over what appears to be yet another “Trump inspired” hate crime hoax. This time, it appears that the hoax was orchestrated by the popular black Empire actor, Jussie Smollett.
Last week, Smollett accused two white men of wearing MAGA hats and yelling racial slurs during a racially motivated attack outside of his luxury Chicago apartment. Smollett claimed that the two white men also dumped bleach on him and tied a noose around his neck. The two suspects ended up being friends of Smolletts who admitted to rehearsing the attack with Smollett, who they say orchestrated the attack and paid them both to participate in the hoax. The media gave the story wall-to-wall coverage. Democrat leaders piled on, calling for urgent anti-lynching legislation.
Today, in a lengthy thread, independent journalist Andy Ngo listed multiple accounts of fake hate crimes that have been committed since President Trump’s inauguration. We’ve included the fake hate crimes that were blamed on President Trump and his supporters, as well as some additional details to along with Ngo’s extensive and important reporting.
1). Right after Donald Trump’s election, the SPLC really stoked panic. A pro-gay Episcopal church in Indiana was vandalized w/“Heil Trump,” a swastika, & an anti-gay slur. Turns out it was the gay organ player who did it. He was only charged w/a misdemeanor.
Right after Donald Trump’s election, the SPLC really stoked panic. A pro-gay Episcopal church in Indiana was vandalized w/“Heil Trump,” a swastika, & an anti-gay slur. Turns out it was the gay organ player who did it. He was only charged w/a misdemeanor. https://t.co/QxeOoBHohC
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) February 17, 2019
2).Days after the Pittsburgh massacre, Trump supporters were blamed for Nazi vandalism at a Brooklyn synagogue & fires in a Jewish community. Turns out the perpetrator was a gay black man who had worked with city council on an initiative to fight hate crimes.
3). One week before the presidential election, a black church in Mississippi was burned in an arson attack. “Vote Trump” was written on the building. After much panic, an investigation revealed that the man responsible was a church member. The Washington Post wrote about the incident.
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4). In Nov 2016 a Muslim student at the University of Louisiana said two white racist Trump supporters brutally assaulted her, ripped off her hijab, & robbed her. The story went viral. It was a lie. Media never identified her by name after the hoax was revealed.
A University of Louisiana Lafayette student who said she was physically attacked and robbed of her wallet and hijab made up the story, according to the Lafayette Police Department.
Public Information Officer Karl Ratcliff said police are charging the 18-year-old student with filing a false police report.
The young woman filed a police report Wednesday claiming two white males approached her near the campus, in the 100 block of Smith Street, around 11 a.m.
She also claimed one of the males was wearing a “Trump” hat and they both yelled racial obscenities at her, police said.
5). Andy Ngo tweeted another example of a spate of anti-Semitic and KKK crimes that Trump and his supporters were blamed for on Long Island, NY in 2016:
The student responsible was Jasskirat Saini.
6). In Sep. 2018 a black woman in Long Island said Trump supporters confronted her & told her “she didn’t belong here.” Her car tire was slashed the next day & a hateful note was left behind saying “go home.” Adwoa Lewis made up the whole story.
Adwoa Lewis, 19, of Baldwin, told police she was driving home around 11 p.m. on Sept. 2 when four teens confronted her, yelled “Trump 2016!” and told her she “didn’t belong here,” Nassau County police said.
Lewis said she woke up the next morning after parking her car in front of her house and discovered her tire had been slashed. A note on her car read, “Go Home,” she told police.
But after carrying out an “extensive investigation,” police discovered the confrontation with the teens hadn’t taken place, and Lewis admitted she’d written the note and put it on her car.
7). Andy Ngo tweeted about a Muslim woman who, in 2016, lied to police about being atacked by 3 white Trump supporters on a NYC subway. She told police they tried to rip off her hijab. She was lying:
8). On November 16, 2018 the Baltimore Sun reported about a fake hate crime that allegedly took place at Goucher College. The students protested the hate crime and blamed Donald Trump. Police later discovered that the person who committed the crime was a black student, Fynn Arthur.
From the Baltimore Sun – Earlier in the week, someone drew a swastika and wrote “I’m gonna kill all [n—–s]” in a dorm bathroom, where they also listed the numbers of three dorm rooms that house African-American students
Students from Goucher’s black student union, Umoja, and others rallied.
“Hey hey, ho ho, this racist s— has got to go,” they chanted in the Mary Fisher dining hall.
“We are demonstrating today to ask Goucher to be accountable,” said JaVaunte Neumann, 21, a junior majoring in political science. “I’ve seen white supremacy be tolerated. Now, students are angry. White supremacists are getting pretty bold now with Donald Trump as president. We are at the point where we can’t wait for the administration or Baltimore County Police.”
9). In Nov 2016 a Philadelphia neighborhood was rattled when property was vandalized with pro-Trump and anti-black messages. William Tucker was identified as the vandal through CCTV footage.
Philadelphia police announced the arrest of a New Jersey man in connection with racist and politically charged messages that appeared spray-painted on property in South Philadelphia on the day after the presidential election of Donald Trump.
According to police, William Tucker, 58, of Lawnside, was arrested on Nov. 22 after an investigation spurred by a tip from a caller who identified the suspect in surveillance video.
The messages, which appeared on multiple cars and a house on the 900 block of South Sixth Street at around 5 a.m. on Nov. 9, read “Trump Rules,” “Trump Rules Black B—h” and the letter “T.”
10). In Nov 2016 a black female student at
@VillanovaU in PA said a group of white men yelling “Trump!” knocked her to the ground on campus. However a police & university investigation was halted because the student didn’t want to pursue the matter.
11). University of Michigan student Halley Bass told police a Trump supporter attacked her by scratching her face in Nov 2016. She said she was targeted for wearing a pin in support of UK Remain. As her story fell apart, she admitted to scratching herself.
12). Who remembers when Trump was blamed for the spate of death threats to Jewish community centers across the US? Juan Thompson, a reporter who worked for
@theintercept, was convicted for the hoax threats + other offenses.
13). 2016: Muslim student at the University of Michigan claimed she was attacked by a white man who threatened to burn her hijab. It never happened.
A University of Michigan student who told police in November that a man threatened to set her hijab on fire could face charges after investigators discovered she fabricated the entire story, police announced Wednesday.
After the incident, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for the incident to be investigated as a hate crime, saying the “alleged attack is just the latest anti-Muslim incident reported since the election of Donald Trump as president.”
14). One day after 2016 election, Eleesha Long, a student at Bowling Green University in Ohio said that white males wearing Trump shirts threw rocks at her & hurled racial slurs. Alleged incident sparked rage on campus, & uni hosted a “town hall.” Long made it all up.
15). On election night, Canadian Chris Ball said he was beaten by anti-gay Trump supporters in Santa Monica. His friend shared a photo on social media (notice the immaculate watch). Police said he never filed report & he didn’t go to any hospitals in the area.
16). Andy Ngo tweeted: Charlotte: April 2017 Curtis Flournoy set an immigrant business on fire & left note saying “Trump is our nation builder for White America.” When CCTV showed that perpetrator was black, some sites said it was a white Trump supporter in disguise.
17). Nov 2016: Students at Williams College dumped fake blood on campus & wrote “AM KKK KILL.” Campus police notified FBI & state police. Investigation found that perpetrators did it “to bring attention to the effects of the presidential election.”
18). Nov 2016 Chicago: Taylor Volk, a bisexual student at
@NPU said she received hateful pro-Trump, anti-gay messages. “This is a countrywide epidemic all of a sudden,” she said at the time. The investigation found that she fabricated the story