As the trend of racist, hate crime perpetrators invoking Donald Trump continues, an elderly Caucasian woman has been convicted of assault against an African-American family in North Carolina.
Isaiah Baskins filmed the attack while his family was forcefully ejected from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center by a volunteer who used Donald Trump as an excuse for her behavior.
In April, the woman shouted at Baskins, used racial slurs against him and his family, and physically forced them out of the office, pushing and shoving even small children. Baskins, meanwhile, managed to record much of the attack on film and posted it to YouTube.
The original video that Baskins posted went viral in April after the assault, but has since been removed from YouTube.
According to Justin Bamberg, the Baskins’ family attorney, the woman summoned Donald Trump as a basis for her race-based violence before Baskins began filming.
Bamberg told ThinkProgress in an interview,
“When she’s flipping out on them, she says,
‘Get your black kids out of here. Do you even have a job? Do you know what a job is, n-word? This is what Donald Trump’s talking about, people like you.’
There is no justification that I can think of for her saying these things — telling him to get his black children out of there, calling him the n-word, and mentioning Donald Trump in the same breath.”
As Trump inches closer to the presidency, his hate-filled rhetoric seems to have spawned a slew of race-based violence in the United States. What will the U.S. turn into if Trump is elected?
Hate crimes like what happened to the Baskins family shouldn’t be tolerated, but they are rapidly becoming the norm because of Trump’s massive influence on the American public.
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