It’s impossible to ignore the kind of rampant xenophobia and nationalism that Donald Trump inspires. While we can’t solely blame him for the existence of bigotry, racism and evil (though it is certainly tempting), we do know that he is, in fact, responsible for fostering the kinds of conditions under which hate crimes and threats against minorities can and do thrive.
In the last year, hate crimes against Muslims and Asian Americans have increased, and experts say that Trump is the most important factor contributing to this increase. We can never know exactly what goes through the minds of the perpetrators of these incidents (and the right loves to provide every motive imaginable except actual racism), but some of the things they say give us clues about their motivation.
Take the shooting that happened on Wednesday night in a bar in Olathe, Kansas, for example.
A 51-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after shooting three men in an Olathe, Kan., bar Wednesday night, police say, reportedly telling two of them, local Garmin engineers from India, to “get out of my country.”
So while we technically don’t know if this man is a racist, xenophobe or otherwise deplorable Trumper, we do know that what he said is right in line with the despicable things Trump and friends routinely say and do to remind us that “bad hombres” from foreign lands are stealing our jobs, resources and making the country not great.
One of the men who was shot, 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, died in the hospital later from his wounds. Of course, the authorities have yet to classify this as a hate crime but are trying to determine if it was “bias motivated.” Hmm...ya think?
Witnesses told the Kansas City Star and The Washington Post that Purinton was thought to have been kicked out of the bar Wednesday night before the shooting took place. [...]
He reportedly came back into the bar and hurled racial slurs at the two Indian men, including comments that suggested he thought they were of Middle Eastern descent.
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