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Hate crimes under Trump reach highest level in 16 years: FBI

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Under President Donald Trump, the United States is experiencing an epidemic of hate crimes. And according to the FBI’s annual report, 2018 marked the worst year for hate-fueled violence in almost two decades.

As Axios noted, the report found that since 2017, aggravated assaults increased 4 percent, simple assaults increased 15 percent, and intimidation increased 13 percent. Attacks against Hispanics rose nearly 13 percent, attacks against transgender people rose 34 percent, and attacks against people with disabilities rose 37 percent.

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The report did find a few bright spots, however: attacks against African-Americans, Arab-Americans, and Muslims have all declined somewhat.

The true numbers, however, may be larger — according to The New York Times, half of such assaults may go unreported.

Hate crimes also rose 17 percent in 2017, in the immediate aftermath of Trump’s election. The president’s supporters have engaged in hateful rhetoric against Hispanics and people of color, and Trump has allowed a Department of Homeland Security program tracking domestic extremists to lapse.


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Florida Democrats beg Gov. Ron DeSantis to ignore the White House and issue stay-at-home order

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More than a dozen Florida lawmakers called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to lock down the state to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned Americans that social distancing must continue for at least several more weeks to space out the number of cases so patients don't overwhelm hospitals, and 13 Democratic lawmakers asked DeSantis to issue a stay-at-home order, reported WFLA-TV.

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Colorado mayor faces furious backlash after dismissing coronavirus concerns and daring someone to spit in his mouth

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The mayor of the Colorado city of Longmont is under fire from residents for comments he made at last Wednesday’s Longmont City Council work session while discussing the city's coronavirus response.

According to the Times-Call, Mayor Brian Bagley, who has spoken out against lockdowns and the closing down of non-essential businesses, chose some colorful language to express his belief that low-risk people should risk exposing themselves to the virus.

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‘You deserve to lose!’ Lindsey Graham gets shredded for begging for campaign cash during pandemic

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Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a somber plea for campaign donations during the coronavirus outbreak -- and he was met with furious mockery.

The South Carolina Republican faces a strong Democratic challenger in Jaime Harrison, as well as criticism from fellow Republicans, and he asked supporters for campaign donations for himself and prayers for health care workers on the front lines of the global pandemic.

"We're trying to starve, kill this disease, and we need to follow the guidelines, but there is a campaign afoot," Graham said. "The liberals want to take back the Senate, they want the White House, and they haven't stopped at all here against me, so I need your help."

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