An apparent hate crime in Milwaukee has prompted city leaders to point fingers at the President for his hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric. On the night of November 1st, Mahud Villalaz had acid tossed in his face and was told to “go back to your country” after an argument over how he had parked his car. A 61-year-old white man has been arrested in connection with the attack.
Villalaz suffered second-degree burns in what appears to be the most recent racially-motivated assault in Trump’s America, where hate crimes exploded after his election and have continued to rise for three years straight. President Trump has put all his political chips on open racism and xenophobia, and he clearly intends to try and ride those evil energies to a second term judging by the abhorrent things he says at his rallies, which are reported to provoke a 226% spike in hate crimes in the weeks after the event.
Milwaukee’s mayor Tom Barrett blamed the president for the attack. “My concern is that more and more people feel that because the president is saying is that this is OK. It’s not OK, it’s horrible,” said the mayor. “We know what’s happening. Everybody knows what’s happening. It’s because the president is talking about it on a daily basis that people feel that they have a license to go after Hispanic people, and it’s wrong.”
For years now, President Trump has been smearing Hispanics as criminals and murderers and rapists, dehumanizing them and fanning the flames of hatred against people of color. From day one, his agenda has been to institutionalize his prejudices and implement a white supremacist agenda into U.S. government policy while inciting violence from his rabid followers with the rhetoric he uses to justify his appalling actions.
While it’s as yet unclear whether or not he is responsible for this particular assault, it is clear that he had a role in inspiring at least one mass shooting by promoting racist anti-immigrant conspiracy theories, and we must hold him accountable for all the pain and suffering he has caused.