The public in America, and wherever the American mainstream media extends its reach, have recently been subjected to a multitude of what are false ‘hate crimes,’ the latest of which is the Jussie Smollett debacle. The details of that particular hoax are well-known and will not be recounted here.
However, there are quite a few other relatively recent examples of alleged hate crimes which have also been shown to be false. To clarify, all of these examples have happened since President Trump was elected in 2016.
What Is a “Hate Crime”?
It is best to start with a definition of the phrase “hate crime.” According to definitions at uslegal.com,
The current federal law regarding hate crimes deals with crimes where the offender is motivated by bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or ethnicity/national origin.
This definition, as well as others from various sources, also points to the states as the legal definers. There is a general definition used by the FBI nationally, however, it is not a legal definition, rather it is used to compile statistics about hate crimes on a federal level.
There is also a national hate crimes law known as the “The Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Jr, Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.” A much narrower legal definition is provided in the text of the law.
The statute criminalizes only violent acts resulting in bodily injury or attempts to inflict bodily injury, through the use of fire, firearms, explosive and incendiary devices, or other dangerous weapons. The statute does not criminalize threats of violence. Threats to inflict physical injury may be prosecutable under other hate crimes statutes, such as 42 U.S.C. § 3631 or 18 U.S.C. § 245. Such threats may also be prosecutable under generally applicable federal laws preventing interstate communication of threats.
The working definition of the ‘hate’ part of a hate crime is essentially the same as cited above. It is a crime “motivated by bias…” such as racism or sexism and the like.
It is noteworthy that in every case where a legal definition of a hate crime is given, the word “hate” is not a part of the definition. Why not? Because hate is an emotional state and, at present, there is no way to criminalize emotions or thoughts.
Faux Hate Crimes During the Trump Era
An article at The Daily Caller online provides documentation of 20 instances of false hate crimes in addition to the Smollett hoax. Nine of these were in some manner directly attributed by the Left to supporters of Trump and indirectly said to be caused by Trump, almost as if he ordered these things to be done.
Another nine fake hate crimes were initially determined to be motivated by racial hatred alone. This is apart from seven instances where the racism motive was coupled with Trump’s influence as a motive.
16 of the 21 examples cited in the piece were initially, according to the Left, because of Trump and racism combined. The remaining five instances were either anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim in nature and three of those were somehow Trump’s fault according to the Leftists.
There are two important factors involved in all of these fake hate crimes. Each was either directly perpetrated by the false ‘victim,’ or orchestrated by that person, and the target was President Trump and his voters.
This begs a question. Why would anyone take the risks inherent in faking a hate crime?
For one thing, it is actually a crime to fake a hate crime, as Mr. Smollett is currently being reminded of these days. The Left is, therefore, committing a crime to show that Trump supporters are the criminals. More on that later.
For another thing, there is a high probability of getting caught, especially in today’s society, even if you don’t pay your fellow conspirators by check. The prevalence of video almost everywhere in modern times makes it extremely unlikely to perpetrate a hate crime hoax and get away with it.
Moreover, when one has read more than a few of these cases, it becomes apparent that many of these people didn’t really think things through.
[An] 18-year-old Muslim woman, this time in New York, was the subject of breathless headlines in December 2016 after she claimed to have been attacked by a group of Donald Trump supporters on a New York subway while onlookers did nothing. The woman, Yasmin Seweid, would go on to confess that she made the whole thing up.
What is it then that would motivate such risky behavior? If one is to believe the rhetoric on all forms of media from the Left, one has to conclude that the dominant emotion expressed toward President Donald Trump and his supporters is hate.
Leftists committed crimes to show Trump and his supporters were criminals, as noted previously. Now it seems they were motivated by hate to commit a crime in order to show that Trump supporters are the ones who commit hate crimes.
So where are the real hate crimes? I suggest that these leftist hoaxes are real hate crimes perpetrated against those who approve of the President. But it doesn’t stop there.
Real Hate Crime Is Coming from the Left
Since the election of Donald Trump, there have been many actual hate crimes specifically targeting his supporters. Let’s take a short ride on the ‘Wayback Machine,’ to examine a couple of these.
The first is a very disturbing incident that was actually live-streamed on Facebook, January 3, 2017. The footage is disgusting and will not be posted here.
It happened in Chicago, Illinois when a “special needs” young white man was held hostage and tortured by four black assailants who were yelling racist and anti-Trump insults at him.
The group is believed to have held the young man hostage for one to two days… In the first video, the victim was seen cowering in a corner with his arms tied and mouth taped shut. He was …kicked and punched before he had his hair cut until his scalp bled. The victim also had his clothes cut and had cigarette ash flicked over the wound on his head. Someone can be heard in the footage yelling ‘f*** Donald Trump. F*** white people’ while the two men express their hopes that the video will go viral. Two more clips of the alleged abuse surfaced overnight as well, one of which shows the group forcing the man to drink water out of a toilet. ‘It’s sickening,’ Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said on Wednesday night.
The four were arrested and charged with hate crimes. One of the women entered a plea agreement and a lesser sentence of 4 years probation. The other three are currently serving prison terms of 3 years, 7 years and 8 years after the plea deal.
The second incident took place last Halloween when a young boy wearing a Donald Trump mask was threatened with assault by an adult woman. The video footage of the child’s account was broadcast on a local news station, which can be viewed at the link below.
As was noted when citing the hate crimes laws and definition, threatening violence qualifies as a hate crime.
This kind of violence has become almost routine on the Left. An accounting of these from September of 2015 until November of 2017 shows 639 acts of violence and harassment toward people in support of Trump which the media glossed over when they occurred.
That is a rate of more than 6 such acts from the Left every week for over two years running. I challenge anyone to find anything even close to that rate of hate crimes from Trump supporters toward any leftist politician or activist.
My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?” And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad. All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me. Psalm 41:5-7 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published at TIL Journal