Counties hosting a Trump rally in 2016 saw a 226% spike in hate crimes. Most of the extreme white nationalist violence in the past year has been directly inspired by Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s racist and antisemitic messaging. The domestic terrorist killed 11 Jews in Pittsburgh after weeks of rumors that George Soros was funding the migrant caravan, and the domestic terrorist who killed 22 people in El Paso acted against the “invasion” at the border, specifically targeting Latinx individuals. These actions are directly linked to the rhetoric of Trump and the GOP.
“We have seen an insurgence of violence that is directly affecting not only Jews, but all marginalized communities,” stated IfNotNow member Noah Schuettge. “Trump’s words have led to a disturbing rise of violent hate crimes that have instilled fear and threatened the lives of millions of people in this country and around the world.”