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Trump effect: Hate crimes doubled in counties that hosted president’s rallies

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Counties that hosted one of President Donald Trump’s rallies saw hate crimes spike more than 200 percent afterward on average.

The president has adamantly insisted that his rhetoric does not incite violence, but recent analyses appear to show a link between his 2016 campaign and acts of violence or bullying, reported the Washington Post.

Counties that hosted a Trump rally during the 2016 campaign saw a 226 increase in reported hate crimes compared to comparable counties that did not, according to a new study.

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Researchers aggregated hate-crime incident data and Trump rally data to the county level, factoring in crime rates, the number of active hate groups, minority populations, college education rates, geographical location and which month the rallies took place.

The researchers admit their analysis cannot pin blame for the hate crimes on Trump’s campaign rhetoric, but they said their statistical analysis shows a strong correlation between his campaign rallies and reported hate crimes.

They also pointed out that a considerable number of reported hate crimes — including vandalism, intimidation and assault — specifically reference the president’s name.

Another recent study in Virginia found incidents of racist bullying increased at schools in counties that backed President Donald Trump — and actually decreased in areas carried by Hillary Clinton.

The FBI’s Universal Crime report also found reported hate crimes jumped 17 percent overall from 2016 to 2017, and recent research shows that reading or hearing Trump’s statements of bias against particular groups makes people more likely to write offensive statements about those groups.

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GOP leader McCarthy swats aside Fiona Hill’s national security testimony debunking his Ukraine conspiracy theory

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On Thursday, during one of the final scheduled impeachment hearings this week, National Security Council official Fiona Hill demolished President Donald Trump's conspiracy theory that Ukraine, rather than Russia, meddled in the 2016 election, calling it a "fictional narrative" and noting that it originated with the Kremlin itself.

But in conversation with reporters, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) flatly disbelieved Hill's testimony, and insisted he still held onto the theory.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told me that he was not going to lose any GOP votes during impeachment.

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Nicolle Wallace breaks down the impeachment moment ‘women will be talking about for years’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Thursday highlighted one of the key moments from the impeachment inquiry testimony from Dr. Fiona Hill.

"Often when women show anger, it’s not fully appreciated. It’s often, you know, pushed onto emotional issues perhaps, or deflected on other people," Hill testified.

Here's Fiona Hill on why she thinks Sondland misunderstood her anger — and how women's anger is often viewed, more generally: "It's not fully appreciated. It's often pushed off onto emotional issues." pic.twitter.com/AsMR3A9InI

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Mulvaney lawyer denies Mick was ‘so heavily involved’ — despite his White House briefing room confession

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was referenced multiple times during Dr. Fiona Hill's testimony Thursday, but Mulvaney's lawyer said he doesn't understand why.

"We have no idea why Ms. Hill believes Mr. Mulvaney was so heavily involved, especially in light of Ambassador Sondland’s contrary testimony," said Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, quoting a statement from Robert Driscoll.

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram/status/1197633921065930753

As former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance pointed out, Hill recalled during her testimony how angry she was about Sondland not briefing her. She said that after hearing his testimony Wednesday and learning he was briefing Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Mulvaney and President Donald Trump. She then decided he was correct-they had separate missions and Sondland was on a domestic political errand.

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