New York State has seen an uptick in acts of aggression directed at minorities since Republican Donald Trump’s victory just over a week ago, says New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 17, 2016) (NBC) – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Thursday (November 17) that a swastika spray-painted on the side of a Wellsville, New York building, reminds one of a slogan that Republican Donald Trump used to chant during his run for U.S. presidency.
“‘Make America White Again’ does resemble a slogan we heard a lot last year so you can draw your own conclusions,” he said. “Look, we don’t want to imagine problems that don’t yet exist. We don’t know what is going to really happen. One thing we know is that we do have an uptick in bias related violence,” Schneiderman said at a press conference in New York City.
That incident was just one of the more than 400 incidents of hate crimes and race-related incidents that have occurred since Trump won the presidential election last week.
According to Schneiderman, Trump’s divisive campaign rhetoric has emboldened some of his supporters to spread racist messages.
“There also is this phenomenon that several people referred to of, the normalization of hate speech, the normalization of open bigotry,” he said. “These people who say, ‘Well you know, I don’t have to be PC anymore so I can use these slurs.’ That is what we must fight back against. It is not okay to be a bigot in New York or in America. It never has been. It never will be. We are always going to be a state that welcomes everyone and we may be seeing people who are tempest tossed from other states coming into New York, we welcome you. We welcome you. Come with us and build the kind of society America was always supposed to be.”
Schneiderman said there was an increase in solidarity among many people in New York against the threat of hate crimes and bias related incidents as a direct result of Trump’s presidential campaign.