“The problem is finding examples of pro-Trump activists wreaking havoc on schools and campuses that hold up to scrutiny. In fact, it’s much easier to find examples of violence against students who have openly backed Trump”.
The stories tend to sound the same: swastikas in school bathrooms; gangs of white men harassing women in hijabs; racist sticky notes. Emboldened young supporters of President-elect Donald Trump, we are told, have taken his triumph and turned it into an opportunity to harass, humiliate and even assault people at schools and colleges around the U.S. The problem is finding examples of pro-Trump activists wreaking havoc on schools and campuses that hold up to scrutiny. In fact, it’s much easier to find examples of violence against students who have openly backed Trump; there are more than a few stories of kids being pummeled for disagreeing with the losing side. We did see anti-Trump protests by college and high school students around the country turn violent. Who didn't hear angry students clearly shouting "F*#% Trump" in news footage from post-election rallies? A female student at North Park University in Chicago who claimed someone posted an anti-gay, pro-Trump note on her door and sent her abusive emails turned out to be making it all up. What many of the tales of intimidation by the alleged pro-Trump forces have in common is a paucity of details. After reading through myriad stories since Election Day, what’s clear is that the widely reported episodes of violence and intimidation are usually vague, involve roaming gangs of indistinguishable white males, and produce no witnesses. The Villanovan student paper reported that Trump’s election had “unleashed an open season of attacks on women around the country.” The evidence? An unnamed black woman on the Villanova campus near Philadelphia said she had been attacked by white men chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump” in a train tunnel near campus just after the election. On Tuesday, Philly.com reported that the woman – like the girl on the bus - had declined to move forward in the investigation.