New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claims that President-elect Donald Trump can be blamed for what he said is a 35-percent increase in hate crime incidents over the past year in the Big Apple. De Blasio, who cut his teeth in politics as a supporter of Nicaragua's Sandinista government in the 1980s and who is now a progressive Democrat, made the comments in a new conference after a Muslim employed by the New York Police Department complained of an alleged hate crime committed against her and her teenaged son.
The mayor denounced the alleged attack on Officer Aml Elsokary, while claiming that fellow New Yorker Donald Trump is accustomed to using hate speech. DeBlasio called on Trump to discourage the use of hate speech.
Since Trump was elected last month, approximately 43 possible hate crime incidents have been cited by the Hate Crime Task Force of the New York Police Department. That is double the amount reported during the same period in 2015.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.