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Excerpts from journalist Andy Ngo’s tweets reporting on hate crime hoaxes and antifa.
Edawn Coughman is facing charges for allegedly faking hate crimes at his restaurant & ice cream shop in Atlanta. “MAGA,” n-word & “monkey” were sprayed in black inside the businesses. Police say they found Coughman w/black spray paint on his hands.
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.
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.
Nov 2018: Anthony Derlunas was watching performance of Fiddler on the Roof in Baltimore. The story of the Jewish persecution reminded him of Trump so he shouted “Heil Hitler, heil Trump!” Audience freaked out, thinking it was about to be a violent attack.
Anti-Muslim graffiti saying things like Trump’s “#MuslimBan” was found on @Beloit_College in 2017. College increased security. Investigation found that Michael Kee, a Muslim student, did it himself for attention.
In June 2018, Michael Kadar, a Jewish Israeli-American, was convicted for making HUNDREDS of violent threats to US Jewish orgs, schools, & community centers. Trump was blamed for the culture of anti-Semitism.
In Nov. 2016, a man in Malden, MA told police he was confronted by two racist white males who made a reference to lynching & said it is “Trump country now.” He fabricated the whole story.
After election, Kathy Tu, student at @UMNews said she was attacked by racist white male in viral FB post. She said she fought back & was handcuffed by police. Students demanded campus suspend racists. Campus police said they never interacted w/Tu
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. Andrew McClinton
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 hoax was revealed.
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I remember that Trump & his supporters were blamed for a spate of anti-Semitic, KKK & Nazi graffiti on the campus of Nassau Community College in Long Island in late 2016. The student responsible was Jasskirat Saini
In Dec 2016 a Muslim woman said she was attacked by 3 white Trump supporters in NYC on the subway. She said they tried to rip off her hijab. Yasmin Seweid lied. CAIR said Muslims are under tremendous “stress & pressure” resulting in incidents like this.
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.
In Nov 2018 students at Goucher College demanded social justice training & safe spaces after racist, Nazi, & KKK graffiti was found on campus. Someone even wrote the names of black students. Trump was blamed. Fynn Arthur, a black student, was responsible
In 2017 @StOlaf College was roiled by mass protests in response to anti-black notes found across campus. Class was cancelled & admin caved to demands. An investigation found that Samantha Wells, a black victim of one of the notes, fabricated the incident.
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
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.
In Nov 2017 near @KState University, a black man’s car was vandalized with racist messages. Class was cancelled & students held demonstrations. Dauntarius Williams later admitted to police that he did it himself. Police did not charge him.
In autumn 2018 at @KState U, a note was left on an apartment that read “Beware n***ers live here! Knock at your own risk.” The “victim” admitted to police that s/he did it himself. This was the 2nd time s/he had fabricated a hate incident in 2 years
@UMich 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.
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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.
One day after 2016 election, Eleesha Long, a student at @bgsu 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.
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.
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.
Nov 2016: Students at @WilliamsCollege 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.”
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.
2016: A message was written at @elonuniversity that read “Bye bye Latinos hasta la vista.” Students raged, saying the campus was unsafe & racist. Admin panicked. Investigation found that a Latino student wrote it as “commentary” on the election.
2 students at @babson drove thru campus waving flag to celebrate election. Peers said they spat on someone, yelled racist & anti-gay slurs. This was a lie, but everyone believed it. They were kicked out fraternity. Investigation cleared them of wrongdoing.
Nov 2016 DE: Ashley Boyer, who is black, said 4 white racist males threatened her. She said charges were filed. When social media post went viral, Smyrna Police announced that the incident was never reported. Boyer didn’t respond to journalists
After the election, a banner in the east Bay area sparked fury. It read: “You can hang a n—r from a tree, equal rights he’ll never see.” People feared this was now #TrumpsAmerica. The man who put up the sign is black & did it to protest court system.