This is the red meat that the national media usually go for. It fits right in with their narrative about Trump and his supporters being “Islamophobic,” racist, and bigoted.
Here’s what happened, according to The Arab American News:
A Muslim woman was reportedly attacked and robbed of her wallet and hijab on a college campus in Louisiana.
Authorities said the University of Louisiana student reported the alleged robbery Wednesday morning, and claimed one of the apparent attackers wore a white Donald Trump cap, according to The Advertiser.
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Her claim draws on fears of anti-Muslim backlash in the wake of Trump’s election to the US presidency.
The 18-year-old woman – who is of Middle Eastern descent – claimed two men came out of a black sedan as she walked to class in Lafayette, according to a UL spokesperson.
When they approached her, she said they hit her with a metal object. She fell and they allegedly continued attacking her. They stole her wallet and snatched off her hijab and went running with it.
“The victim describes the suspects as white males, but has not given a definitive clothing description,” police said in a statement. “There were no witnesses or video surveillance on the scene.”
The men “were saying ugly stuff to her”, but did not elaborate further.
Lafayette Police and University of Louisiana police are working together on the investigation.
Predictably, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was outraged at the news. They issued this statement:
“The ACLU of Louisiana is outraged at the news of a young Muslim woman being assaulted and robbed of her hijab in Lafayette yesterday morning. The report that her attackers also shouted slurs and wore Donald Trump clothing is especially troubling in light of Mr. Trump’s frequent use of anti-Muslim rhetoric on the campaign trail.
“We condemn this rhetoric and this behavior. We call on all Louisianians to reject anti-Muslim bigotry. Muslim Americans and residents have the same rights that we all do: to practice our religion freely and openly, to live and work without fear, and to participate equally in public life. To act otherwise is in direct contradiction of the values enshrined in our founding documents and our laws.”
I’d be outraged too, if it were real. Apparently, during the course of the police investigation, the Muslim student confessed that she fabricated the story. Now the police are charging the 18-year-old student with filing a false police report.
While this story quickly went viral and was picked up by national media outlets, the media still haven’t gotten around to covering all the anti-Trump violence that’s occurring across the country. Maybe there are far too many of those incidents to cover.
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