One of the many bad legacies of Donald Trump's presidency was hate crime, which hit a 12-year high during his senior year in office.
The report released on Monday found that more than 7,700 hate crimes were reported to the FBI in 2020, an increase of about 450 incidents from 2019. In fact, the increase comes because fewer agencies reported hate crimes to the FBI in their jurisdiction than in earlier years.
Last year had the highest number of reported hate crimes since 2008, when 7,783 incidents were reported to the FBI.
The data released Monday showed that bias against African Americans overwhelmingly made up the largest category of racially related hate crimes reported, with a total of 56% of those crimes motivated by prejudice against blacks or African Americans. Asians were targeted during the Covid-19 pandemic for being stigmatized by online and political rhetoric, although this category of hate crime is often underreported.
Trump's legacy isn't just a huge amount of crime and corruption or the killing of hundreds of thousands of Americans with negligence in managing pandemics. Trump has also remodeled parts of America into his own bigoted and hateful image.
No president has been more associated with hatred than Donald Trump. The former president did not invent hatred. Long before the United States existed, there was bigotry and racism in the country.
Trump took hatred from the darkest corners of the nation, awarded it a seal of approval, and made it mainstream.
Hate is who Trump is, and his mentality was reflected in federal hate crime statistics.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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