Council on American Islamic Relations: Trump election is bringing out hate

According to the the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been 300 documented hate incidents since Election Day.

According to the the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been 300 documented hate incidents since Election Day. (11/14/16)

NEW BRUNSWICK - The Council on American Islamic Relations says that the controversial and surprising election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has led to an increase in hate incidents.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been 300 documented hate incidents in the United States since Election Day. That is more incidents than in the last six months combined.

CAIR Executive Director Jim Sues says that some of the incidents have mentioned Trump by name, and he is calling on the president-elect to condemn the attacks.

“He’s got responsibility for this, and he’s the one who’s got to make it come to a stop,” Sues says. “He could tell people that are committing hate crimes in his name that this is not acceptable, and this is not what he wants as a legacy for his presidency.”

In an interview on “60 Minutes,” Trump told supporters who are harassing minorities to “stop it.”

Anti-Trump protests broke out across the nation the day after the election. Several protests have turned violent, with instances of property damage, arson and shootings.

Other peaceful protests have been held on college campuses across the country. Students say that they have to take action.

“They feel like they all went out to vote and they didn’t get the decision they wanted,” says college senior Shone Nyemah. “People like me, like a black person, we already know what’s going on. It’s just our chance to mobilize right now because we know it’s serious."

The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police increased by nearly 7 percent last year. About 70 percent of those hate crimes were crimes against Muslims, according to the bureau.

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