While Trump voters are known to be notoriously resistant to facts, logic, and common sense, one who took part in a CNN panel Thursday morning took that to a new level of incomprehension.
During that voter panel, CNN host Alisyn Camerota cited statistics showing that hate crimes in the United States have increased dramatically since Donald Trump was elected president. But that didn’t stop Darrell Wimbley from proudly declaring:
“You can say that, but I truly don’t believe it because I don’t see it. You can statistically say anything but I don’t see it.”
You can’t see gravity, either, but we all know it exists. Would Mr. Wimbley dispute that fact? He did vote for Trump, so the possibility does indeed exist that he would.
Camerota tried to push back, noting that the Anti-Defamation League has tracked hate crimes for decades, but Wimbley refused to relent, remarking:
“The Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, to me those are Democratic institutions that will say and manipulate everything.”
But facts are facts, and while the most hardcore Trumpkin is certainly entitled to his opinion, he isn’t entitled to his own facts. The facts are:
- Counties that hosted political rallies with Donald Trump as the headliner in 2016 saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host such a rally in subsequent months.
- The number of hate crimes reported in the US increased by 17 percent in 2017, with a particular surge in reports of anti-Jewish incidents, according to a report from the FBI.
- Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets are highly correlated with the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes, particularly where Twitter usage is high.
Another member of the panel, Catherine Bolder, said she was happy with the way Trump is dealing with the issue of immigration, claiming that many of those seeking asylum in the United States are doing just fine financially:
“They’re not poor and they don’t need to come here for economic reasons. I see them on television — they all have cellphones and Nike tennis shoes on!”
Bolder failed to address the children being held in detention facilities who have no access to cell phones and aren’t wearing Nike tennis shoes. Perhaps she needs to visit one of the internment camps on the border and see the truth. Not that she’d believe it. After all, she’s a Trump supporter.
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