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Far right organizations and individuals have been emboldened by the divisive rhetoric coming from President Trump with little to no challenge from the Republican party.

We now see the impact of these actions on the level of hate crimes being committed in the U.S.

These crimes are being committed for reasons of ethnicity, sexual preference, religion, political party, and nationality. President Trump has embraced white Christian nationalism as a rallying cry for his supporters and rejects all others as enemies of himself and the Country.

With this report, we have hard evidence of the impact of his rhetoric. This comes from the pronounced "Law and order" President.


The below article was written by Kevin Johnson, USA Today.

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FBI: Hate crimes, anti-Semitic attacks up in 2017

Washington - Hate crimes spiked by nearly 17 percent last year and included a corresponding jump in anti-Semitic attacks, the FBI found.

The report comes weeks after a 46year-old man stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue, shouting anti-Semitic epithets before fatally shooting 11 people.

In all, 7,175 hate incidents were reported in 2017, up from 6,121 in the previous year.

There also was a 17 percent increase in attacks against Jewish people: at least 976 cases involving 1,017 victims. That number was up from 834 cases involving 862 people the previous year. Though the numbers were on the rise, the bureau reported that the increase corresponded with an uptick in the number of agencies reporting such crimes to the FBI.

Last year, about 1,000 additional agencies submitted data to the bureau.

WASHINGTON – Hate crimes spiked by nearly 17 percent last year and included a corresponding jump in anti-Semitic attacks, the FBI found.

The report comes weeks after a 46year-old man stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue, shouting anti-Semitic epithets before fatally shooting 11 people.

In all, 7,175 hate incidents were reported in 2017, up from 6,121 in the previous year.

There also was a 17 percent increase in attacks against Jewish people: at least 976 cases involving 1,017 victims. That number was up from 834 cases involving 862 people the previous year. Though the numbers were on the rise, the bureau reported that the increase corresponded with an uptick in the number of agencies reporting such crimes to the FBI.

Last year, about 1,000 additional agencies submitted data to the bureau.

The report prompted calls from law enforcement and civil rights advocates for a new focus on such attacks.

“This report is a call to action – and we will heed that call,” acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Tuesday. “The Department of Justice’s top priority is to reduce violent crime in America, and hate crimes are violent crimes. They are also despicable violations of our core values as Americans.”

Some civil rights groups asserted that the 2017 numbers did not account for a number of high-profile incidents, including the fatal shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a Kansas bar.

Sikh Coalition Legal Director Amrith Kaur said law enforcement agencies need additional training to recognize and report hate-motivated offenses.

“While everybody should be horrified by these jaw-dropping statistics, these numbers still fail to paint a complete picture of the enormity of the problem,” Kaur said.

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