Shortly after the election, America saw a terrifying spike in hate crimes. While tracking of the matter has continued thanks to the efforts of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, parsing out which groups are committing what kinds of violence is no easy task. And yet, some Donald Trump supporters are making the motives behind their attacks rather clear, as exemplified by a recent case of assault in Washington D.C., during which the new president was loudly heroized, as a gay man was brutally attacked.
According to the Washington Blade, on February 1, a gay man in our nation's capital was hit in the face and head by objects thrown by four men screaming, “This is what a Trump America looks like, f*ggot!”
“Victim 1 was walking his dog near the listed location when he became aware of the presence of Suspect 1 through Suspect 4,” reads the official police report. “Victim 1 heard Suspect 1 state, 'Hey Snowflake! This is what a Trump America looks like, f*ggot!' Suddenly, without provocation, Suspect 1 through Suspect 4 began throwing objects at Victim 1, striking him countless times in the face and head. Victim 1 suffered injuries and fled home to tend to those injuries. The suspects fled on foot.”
The attackers were also reportedly wearing Make America Great Again hats.
The incident is being listed as an aggravated assault, which could land the suspects a $10,000 fine and/or a prison term of up to 10 years.
Police had reached out to the victim, named Robert Richard Brice Kohler, after he wrote about his side of the story on Facebook. “I share this with you because I have grown so tired of hearing just how perfect and great Trump supporters are and have been,” he wrote.
Police spokesperson Aquita Brown said the investigation is ongoing. If you have information about the case, please call police at 202-727-9099 or submit information to the police TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 450411. The city’s Crime Solvers program currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible.
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