Donald Trump rallies led to hate crime rise, researchers say

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Three different research groups across the United States have found that there was a 226 percent increase in hate crimes in counties that hosted Donald Trump rallies in 2016, The Washington Post reports. By using the Anti-Defamation League’s Hate, Extremism, Anti-Semitism Terrorism map data, the researchers looked at whether there had been increases in rates of hate crimes in the months after a Trump rally. And the counties that host Donald Trump’s rallies are known to have higher hate crime ratings than those who did not. The researchers insisted that they were not accusing the President or his supporters of provoking the crimes. “We included controls for factors such as the county’s crime rates, its number of active hate groups, its minority populations, its percentage with college educations, its location in the country and the month when the rallies occurred,” they clarified. The researchers also point out that hate crimes across the United States appear to have increased by 17 percent during 2016, if to rely on the statistic data from the FBI.

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