The media has put out numerous pieces based on bad data and hate crime hoaxes claiming that President Trump was responsible for a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes. Now the FBI data is out and it actually shows that anti-Muslim hate crimes under Trump are below Obama levels in 2014.
Does that mean that Obama was actually responsible for anti-Muslim hate crimes while Trump is a beacon of tolerance? If the media were logically consistent, instead of narratively consistent, then sure. But since the media is narratively consistent, that’s not the conclusion it will draw.
By the numbers: Of 4,571 reported attacks the bureau tracked, aggravated assaults were up 4%, simple assaults up 15% and intimidation up 13%. The report also shows that assaults targeting Muslims, Arab Americans and African Americans have gone down, while violence against Latinos has risen.
The report says 485 hate crimes were reported against Latinos in 2018, compared to 43 in 2017.
270 hate crimes were reported against Muslims and Arab Americans — the lowest since 2014.
1,943 hate crimes were reported against African Americans — the lowest since 1992.
Guess which one of those numbers the media will play up and blame on President Trump?
Hint: It’s the negative one of the three.