The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported that hate crimes reported to the law enforcement agency jumped from 10 to 27 the day after President Trump was elected in 2016, according to the Washington Post.
More hate crimes with racial or ethnic bias were reported on Nov. 9 than any other day in 2016 and remained elevated for the next 10 days, The Post reported.
One such hate crime was an alleged plot by three white men to bomb a Kansas mosque for Somali Muslim refugees the day after the election. Their trial began on Thursday.
Defense attorney Jim Pratt said his client Patrick Stein was influenced by the charged language during the campaign and referred to Muslims as “cockroaches.”
Stein was recorded by an FBI informant saying, “The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim,” and “If you’re a Muslim, I’m going to enjoy shooting you in the head.”
The FBI has been collecting data on hate crimes since Congress passed the Hate Crime Statistics Act in 1990 to collect information about crimes based on race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity.