On Sunday November 13, President-elect Donald Trump told Americans not to fear his presidency.
“I would tell them don’t be afraid, absolutely,” Trump said in a interview with CBS News. Trump told 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl, “Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back, but certainly don’t be afraid.”
Protesters against Trump got the green light as soon as they found who the next president would be on election night. Riots in Portland, Oregon soon began and someone shot a protester on the Morrison Bridge. Police said the protester, who wasn’t publicly identified, had minor injuries that aren’t life threatening.
In cities such as New York, protesters have focused on Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.
Trump told CBS 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl that he was “surprised” to hear about the hate crimes, racial slurs and threats after the election, and President-elect responded and told the people doing these things to “stop it.”
Fear from many Americans has started to manifest since Donald Trump’s election win on the eighth of November. The Southern Poverty Law Center announced they have had more then 300 hate crime incidents reported since the election, saying they’ve been everywhere — in schools, in places of business like Walmart and on the streets.
On the other hand, not all hate crimes have been real, with some being fabricated stories.
For example, Reason.com just shared a story about how a young Muslim female accused two white males of stealing her wallet and ripping off her hijab. Later on, the young University of Louisiana student admitted to the police she fabricated the story. The incident is no longer under investigation.