Another fake hate crime: black man arrested in Philadelphia for spraying anti-black, pro-Trump, pro-Nazi graffiti on vehicles and businesses
Hate Hoax: Black Man Arrested for ‘Racist’ and ‘Nazi’ Trump Graffiti
December 2, 2016
A 58-year-old African-American man was arrested for allegedly spray-painting a “racist” message followed with President-Elect Donald Trump’s name the day after the New York business mogul’s stunning victory.
William Tucker of southern New Jersey was arrested by Philadelphia police for vandalizing multiple vehicles and homes on Nov. 9, where he wrote messages like “Trump Rules” and “Black B*tch” on an African-American woman’s car, Philly.com reported.
Tucker also allegedly spray-painted Trump’s name next to a Nazi swastika on a storefront window.
That morning, residents in the area awoke to the racist and pro-Trump Nazi messages, which mainstream media outlets published as evidence of a racial hate crime by Trump supporters.
The New York Daily News, with no evidence, blamed Nazis living in the country for the graffiti, writing:
Donald Trump’s unexpected rise to the presidency coincided with the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht — and Nazis in Philadelphia appeared to revel in the fact as police there discovered the President-elect’s name spray-painted alongside swastikas on a storefront window Wednesday morning.
The Daily Beast took the same route with the graffiti, alluding to an historic neo-Nazi motive:
Swastikas, racist graffiti, and allusions to Nazi Germany appeared on storefronts and other locations in Philadelphia overnight, following Donald Trump’s victory. An SUV was painted with “Trump Rules” and “Black Bitch.” Another shop had “Sieg Heil 2016” painted on its window with a swastika. Others had “Trump,” where the “T” was replaced with a swastika. Many of the incidents were reported to police overnight for cleanup and investigation, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Wednesday is also the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” when Nazi Germany encouraged pogroms against Jewish sites across Berlin in 1938.
Tucker is being charged with four counts of criminal mischief and will appear in court on December 8 for a preliminary hearing.
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