Post-election hate crime wave a mirage?

From Rick Moran at PJ Media:

A recent Gallup poll showed that 42% of Americans are afraid following the election of Donald Trump. That may explain why there have been more than 200 incidents across America of “hateful harassment and intimidation” since election day, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

There is no doubt that some people are behaving in a beastly manner since the election, but what’s striking is that most of the reports received by the SPLC are in the third person. And none of the reports have been confirmed.

This is important because there have been several violent incidents supposedly inspired by Trump’s victory. Hit and Run’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown explains most of these attacks either never happened or are hoaxes More.

Reality check: Quite apart from the political value of hate hoaxes for keeping the progressive base stirred up, many progressives likely need to portray themselves as victims of abuse rather than bad judgment. Consider, for example, the clip showing celebs and top media types laughing at the idea Donald Trump could become president (below). Study the looks on the celeb faces.

Those glitterati are successful enough to just take their lumps for a bad call. But discontented mediocrities warm easily to the idea that they have been “abused” by a given course of events. Some will take it so far as to enact a hoax hate crime against themselves.

If not checked by social disapproval, they may join rampages against those they imagine are their persecutors. At one time, it was witch hunts, Jew hunts, etc. Now the blame goes in search of guilty parties, but with the GOP sweep, there is no shortage of those.

See also: College kids need help coping with US election coping with US election. Even though they live in a free society where they were allowed to vote and volunteer for campaigns

and

Online star formally confesses to hate crime hoax: As a form of disinformation, hoax hate crimes help SJWs. Far more people will hear about the panic than about the post-panic revelation of the hoax.

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