I'd love to see the reaction to this headline (if not the whole article) from the Libertarian Gatekeeper Star Chamber...
spiked: Has Trump’s election resulted in a wave in hate crime?
Wilfred Reilly: No, probably not. This is something that you will see a lot in the media. The argument is based on numbers that show hate crime increasing by 17 per cent between 2016 and 2017. So we went from 6,121 hate crimes in 2016 to 7,125 in 2017. The argument is that this is due to the wicked Nazism of President Trump.
Empirically, there’s not any good reason to believe that is true. One thing that’s not usually noted in the media is that the number of police departments reporting hate crimes to the FBI increased by over 1,000 between 2016 and 2017. So if every one of those new departments reported a single hate crime, that would count for the entire ‘surge’.
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