Following Donald Trump’s stunning win in the election, a plague of hate crime hoaxes has been sweeping the country.
From California to Illinois to Louisiana, stories are cropping up of hate crimes perpetrated by Trump supporters that later prove to be fabricated by the so-called “victim” of the crime. Here is a roundup of the “hate crimes” identified as hoaxes so far, although there are other unsubstantiated stories that perhaps have not been identified as hoaxes because the perpetrator is more competent.
Bisexual student receives homophobic notes
An openly bisexual senior at North Park University claimed she was the recipient of a homophobic note and hateful emails following Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election. But the school president has reported the notes were “fabricated.”
Taylor Volk said she found a note taped to her door that read “Back to hell” and “#Trump” and included homophobic slurs following the election, as well as several anonymous emails with similar messages. She reported the messages on her Facebook, and spoke to the press about the incidents. “I just want them to stop,” she told NBC News last week.
Volk also said she was confident the school would investigate. Indeed, the university’s president announced Tuesday the notes were a hoax, and that Volk is no longer enrolled at the university.
Asian student harassed while walking across a bridge
In a widely-shared Facebook post, an Asian student at the University of Minnesota claimed she was harassed by a white male as she was walking across a bridge in Minneapolis. The man told her to “go back to Asia,” Kathy Mirah Tu said in the post. She ignored him and kept walking across the bridge, but says he followed her and added: “Don’t you know it’s disrespectful to walk away from someone when they are talking to you?” He then allegedly grabbed her wrist, and she responded by punching him in the throat.
Tu claims the man called the police and accused her of assaulting him, and that police handcuffed her and checked her criminal background before letting her go with a warning. Both the local and university police departments released statement contradicting Tu’s narrative, however, saying they have no record of the confrontation she described. Tu did not respond to requests for comment from a local paper regarding her story, and has apparently deleted her Facebook account.
Muslim woman robbed of her hijab and wallet
A Muslim woman, 18, faces criminal charges in Louisiana over a fake story she told police. The unnamed woman claimed she was attacked and robbed by two white men near the University of Louisiana Lafayette campus. The men yelled racial slurs and stole both her wallet and her hijab in the alleged attack. She also told police one of them was wearing a Trump hat.
The woman later admitted to the Lafayette Police Department she fabricated the story, and the incident is no longer under investigation. She will now be charged with filing a false report.
Black woman harassed at a gas station in Philly
In another viral Facebook post, a black woman claims she was harassed by a group of white male Trump supporters at a gas station in Rehoboth Beach, Del. “Just experienced one of the WORST THINGS in my entire life,” Ashley Boyer wrote in the post, saying four white men pulled up beside her while she was pumping gas and jumped out of the car.
The white men “proceeded to talk about the election and how they’re glad they won’t have to deal with n—–s much longer,” she wrote, adding that one approached her and said: “How scared are u, u black bitch??? I should kill you right now. You’re a waste of air.” Another pulled out a weapon and said: “You’re lucky there’s witnesses or else I’d shoot you right here.”
Boyer later deleted the post and replaced it with another claiming the men were caught and charges were filed. She did not release the exact location of the incident or the names of the alleged perpetrators, and could not be reached for comment by PhillyVoice.
Local police in the area where Boyer claims the crime occurred told PhillyVoice no charges have been filed and they haven’t heard from anyone at all about the confrontation. Spokespersons for the Delaware State Police, New Castle County police, Dover police and Smyrna police also told PhillyVoice they got no such reports. Cpl. Brian Donner added that there are no records of 911 calls in his jurisdiction regarding the alleged incident.
Gay man assaulted in an alleyway
Chris Ball, a gay Canadian filmmaker alleged he was assaulted by Trump supporters on election night in Santa Monica, Calif. The Trump supporters hurled gay slurs at him while he was watching the results come in at a bar, he claims, then followed him out of the bar at the end of the night and assaulted him in an alleyway. Ball posted a photo of himself covered in blood in an Emergency Room as evidence, saying the attackers smashed a beer bottle on his head.
“We got a new president you fucking faggots,” they told him, according to Ball
He did not provide the name of the bar or the location of the attack, and his story has not been substantiated. The Santa Monica Police Department put out a statement saying they received no information indicating the alleged crime occurred, and that a check of local hospitals revealed no victim of any such incident was admitted or treated in the hospital.