The stories of assault, intimidation, arson and other mayhem supposedly being committed against minorities by emboldened Trump supporters after the election are rapidly turning out to be fake news. It seems that not a day goes by lately without another one of these tales turning out to be completely fabricated.
The latest example involves the University of Michigan student who claimed that a man threatened to set her hijab on fire. The student originally told police of the alleged incident last month. Since then, according to a statement from the Ann Arbor Police Department, detectives have worked in concert with the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and the FBI to investigate the case, which had been classified as “ethnic intimidation.”
The police department’s statement said, “Investigators conducted witness interviews and reviewed multiple surveillance videos of the area in question. During the course of the investigation, numerous inconsistencies in the statements provided by the alleged victim were identified. Following a thorough investigation, detectives have determined the incident in question did not occur.”
The student could face charges. She should face charges. Flat out lying about incidents like these needlessly creates an atmosphere of fear, tension and distrust, and fosters hatred and skepticism. You might even call them hate crimes.