One of six threatening letters sent to black residents in Knoxville, Tennessee, including a well-regarded pastor, read: "I am a very racist white man and with Mr. Trump in the White House being the President, white people going to take over the world."
Another letter read, "I wrote this letter (racial slur) … I hate (expletive, racial slur). I’m coming to your house to rape you. I’m going to get a chainsaw and cut your legs off and then cut your head off, black nasty (slur)."
On top of being a white Trump supporter, the author also claimed to be a member of the KKK.
To the surprise of no one, none of this turned out to be true. For in the Age of Trump, without the hate crime-hoax, there would not be all that many hate crimes.
Turns out the author of these racist letters is Justin Lamar Coleman, a black man who apparently suffers from a psychological disorder. His inspiration for this letter-writing campaign stems from a seven-year-old personal feud with Jack McCowan, who runs a local body shop.
After Trump humiliated the national media by winning the 2016 presidential election, the media went all-in on a campaign to prove that Trump's victory had emboldened his racist supporters across the country to commit a series of hate crimes. The only problem is that like the above incident in Tennessee, most of these hate-crimes turned out to be hoaxes, or just plain old lies perpetrated by Trump-haters as a means to make the President and his supporters look bad.
The Muslim woman robbed of her hijab in Louisiana? Never happened.
The black woman racially-harassed at a Philadelphia gas station? Never happened.
The Asian student racially-taunted in Minnesota? Never happened.
The bisexual student receiving hate-notes in Chicago? Never happened.
The black church burned to the grown and defaced with "Vote Trump!" Committed by a black man.
Asian store firebombed by a white Trump supporter? Committed by a black man.
Michigan student told to remove her hijab or be lit on fire? Never happened.
Racist note left for Hispanic students in North Carolina? Written by a Trump-hating Hispanic.
The Jewish Community Centers serially-threatened with anti-Semitic bomb threats? One perpetrator was a Jewish man, the other was a left-wing member of the very same media that spent weeks blaming Trump for these crimes.
Donald Trump is not inspiring hate crimes, he is not even inspiring the hoaxes. What is inspiring the hoaxers is an irresponsible and rabidly partisan American media addicted to any kind of Fake News that confirms their twisted worldview. When you send out the message, as the media has, that certain stories are too good to check and will be made national news before all the (inconvenient) facts are known, the intent to inspire and reward these hoaxes is obviously intentional.
Top image (via Getty Images): A protester wears a hooded Ku Klux Klan mask during protest against US President Elect Donald Trump after being sworn in at Mexican US Embassy on January 20, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.