Donald Trump has been the president-elect for exactly three weeks. As he has endlessly Twitter-beefed and mulled over cabinet picks, though, it seems as if he's been president-elect since Tsar Nicholas II was assassinated.
But there's already been a darker side to Trump's ascendency than watching the future leader of the free world go on unhinged social-media rants. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks hate crimes nationally, 867 "hate incidents" across the U.S. were reported in just the ten days following Trump's victory.
In Florida, there were 37 incidents, the sixth-highest number in the nation.
According to the SPLC, hate has seeped in from all sides in the Sunshine State since Trump claimed victory. Harassment and intimidation hit virtually every minority group in mid-November, including black people, Muslims, Jews, Asians, and "immigrants" in general. The SPLC noted at least four incidents in which swastikas were drawn in public places, and scores of black, Muslim, and Latino people have reported racist graffiti or messages posted on or near their homes.
"Anti-immigration harassment hasn't been restricted to Latino students," the SPLC says in a report released Tuesday. "In Wesley Chapel, Florida, a teacher scolded the behavior of black students by saying, 'Don’t make me call Donald Trump to get you sent back to Africa.'”
According to a list of Florida hate incidents that New Times obtained from the SPLC, the harassment began November 9 — the morning after Trump won. The SPLC says a fourth-grader in Holmes Beach walked up to a biracial student and
In a separate incident, a student in
In Bloomingdale, a small town southeast of Tampa, an LGBT student was called a "dumb, f***ing c***-licking bull
Other residents across the state have reported being screamed
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Two of Florida's 37 incidents took place in Miami. The SPLC documented the story of David Sanguesa, a white man who screamed at a black woman and shouted the word "Trump!" after his coffee took too long at Starbucks. Barely a week later, a Miami Muslim woman reported that a man on a motorcycle had circled her car and repeatedly screamed "Trump" at her.
A black family also reported receiving a robotic voicemail extolling the virtues of murdering African-Americans.
In the most upsetting instances, the incidents occasionally turned violent: One 75-year-old was assaulted for having a marriage-equality sticker on her car. After the assailants attacked her, they allegedly
After stoking racial hatred for a full 18 months and then riding that wave to the Oval Office, Trump said weeks ago on 60 Minutes that people committing acts of hate in his name should "stop it." But as the SPLC's work makes painfully clear, Trump basically set a pyre of old orange toupees aflame, spat on the fire once to try to extinguish it, and then just threw his hands in the air.