Trump Election Hate Crime & Violence List: State by State Round Up

There have been increasing stories of violence since the contentious 2016 presidential election.

People have claimed they were the targets of hate crimes by pro Donald Trump supporters. Other people have claimed they were targeted because they are Donald Trump supporters. Police and protesters have been injured at anti-Trump events.

There have been reports of racist graffiti, of Muslim women having their hijabs yanked off, of Trump supporters beaten, and of racist incidents against African Americans. The Southern Poverty Law Center has counted 201 hate crime incidents across the United States between election day and November 11.

USA Today said experts claim the spike in hate crimes is as bad as the post September 11 period. Trump supporters have also reported being physically beaten, having graffiti painted on their cars, and other attacks.

Some of the accounts have been debunked, or police say they never received reports, but others have not.

Here’s what you need to know state-by-state:


A Muslim student wearing a hijab was targeted in a parking lot at San Diego State University, and her car keys were stolen.

A San Jose student said a man pulled her hijab. Also in San Jose, a student at Woodside High School campus was attacked on video for expressing support for Trump and after being accused of commenting on a thread criticizing Mexicans (see above).

A student at Shasta High School in Redding, California passed out “deportation letters” to other students and put a video of it on Twitter.

A gay film director claimed he was attacked on election night by a group of Trump supporters, but police say they have not received a report. Snopes says it could have been a bar fight but there were photos of the injuries posted online, labeling it unproven.

An Assyrian-American woman “was called a terrorist by another passenger on the train,” in the Bay Area, according to NBC Bay Area. The woman who was targeted posted a cell phone video of the encounter on Facebook.

Two students at the University of California, Berkeley “reported being called racial and homophobic slurs before being spat on by a suspect Tuesday evening,” the television station said.


A Donald Trump supporter was attacked for waving a Trump sign and American flag in Meriden, Connecticut, according to WTNH-TV. Two men – including one who allegedly had heroin for sale – were arrested in the attack.


An African-American woman in Delaware described on Facebook being harassed by men who brought up the election, brandished a weapon and called her racial slurs, and said charges had been filed. However, police said they have received no report of such an incident.


A Muslim teacher in Georgia “was told to hang herself with her headscarf in a frightening note which said it was no longer ‘allowed’ after Donald Trump’s election win,” said The UK Daily Mail.


A man was attacked in a video that went viral. The crowd chanted “Don’t vote Trump” as the man was beaten, according to The Chicago Tribune. The incident started when a car scraped his vehicle, said The Tribune, adding that the victim was repeatedly punched and kicked.


Rocks, bottles, and bricks were thrown at police officers during a Trump protest in Indianapolis.


Someone wrote the words “Trump,” “Build wall” and “(expletive) your space space” outside the University of Louisiana at Lafayette library.

A college student in Louisiana made up a story of being attacked and robbed of her Muslim headscarf by a man wearing a Trump hat. Police said the story was a hoax, according to ABC News.


Photos of the above graffiti were circulated on Twitter. CBS Local said the police chief commented that he found the graffiti “troubling.”

There was also racist and anti-Semitic pro Trump graffiti found on a Massachusetts cliff side. The graffiti, which talked about gassing jews and killing blacks, appeared in early November, said MassLive.


Police in Ann Arbor said they were investigating allegations that a “man approached a Muslim student and threatened to set her on fire with a lighter unless she removed her hijab.” The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety & Security described the suspect as “White male, 20-30 years old, average height, athletic build, bad body odor, unkempt appearance, intoxicated with slurred speech.”

Middle school students in Michigan chanted “Build the wall” in a cafeteria incident captured on video.


Racist graffiti was found scrawled in the bathroom of a Minnesota high school (see above). The graffiti included Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” slogan along with white supremacist comments. The bathroom door contained the words “Trump” and “whites only.”

An Asian woman in Minnesota described on social media how she said she was called slurs on a bridge by a Trump supporter who grabbed her arm, and said she was then handcuffed by responding police.

However, campus and Minneapolis police said they did not handcuff the woman and had received no report, although the Facebook post was shared thousands of times, said Minnesota Daily.

New York

At New York University Tandon School of Engineering, “students discovered the name of the President-elect written on the door to a prayer room for Muslims on Wednesday,” CNN said.

Students hung a black doll with a curtain rod at Canisius University. The university president wrote, “On Tuesday night, students reported to Canisius Public Safety of seeing photos on social media of a black doll posed in a dormitory elevator and later, a meme of the doll and inflammatory language involving Donald Trump.”

New York’s governor announced that an “alleged hate crime that took place at SUNY Geneseo” on November 11. “The incident was first reported by a residence assistant who discovered graffiti, including a swastika and the word ‘Trump,’ at the university’s Nassau Residence Hall,” he wrote.

He had previously announced another investigation into a report of alleged hate crime in Wellsville, New York. “Earlier this week, it was reported that a softball field dugout was defaced with the words ‘Make America White Again,’ accompanied by a spray-painted swastika,” said Governor Cuomo.

A Muslim woman claimed that she was riding a Queens bus when a white couple tried to pull off her hijab, calling it a “disgusting piece of cloth.” She shared the account on Facebook.

Police in New York were investigating a report that a man was choked on a subway train headed toward the Bronx because he was a Trump supporter wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap.

In Syracuse, pickups – including one with a Confederate flag – drove through an anti-Trump rally, USA Today said.

North Carolina

Racist graffiti was found in Dunham, North Carolina. It said “black lives don’t matter.”


A Muslim woman in Columbus Ohio reported being called the “C” word and told to get out of the country, said ABC.


Protests have led to at least 25 arrests. KATU-TV said a man was shot during an anti-Trump protest in Portland. Police said, though, that the violence was likely gang-related, according to the television station.

People threw projectiles at police during the protests. Police released photos of vandalism suspects in an attempt to identify them.

There was also a video taken that captured anti-Trump graffiti:



On November 11, the University of Pennsylvania reported that “black freshman students at Penn were added to a racist GroupMe account that appears to be based in Oklahoma. The account itself is totally repugnant: it contains violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting images and messages.”

The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that the site contained images of lynchings and has been linked to a University of Oklahoma student. People were called a “dumb slave”and other racial slurs, and the site mentioned Trump in positive terms, according to the newspaper.

Nazi graffiti was found in Philadelphia in a separate incident. “Sieg Heil” and “Trump” were among the words painted.

Also in Philadelphia, a woman reported that this was drawn on her vehicle:

Police released surveillance video they said was of the graffiti suspect:

Swastikas and gay and racial slurs were reported at a Pennsylvania high school, including students using heil Hitler salutes, although it wasn’t clear whether it was related to the election.


The death of a Saudi college student is being investigated, although it has not been determined yet what was behind the attack.

Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was attacked by a white male on a street outside a pizza restaurant. The motive is still under investigation, and it’s not clear whether there is any election connection. The death occurred a few days before the election.