IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Hate crime expert: crimes spike around Trump's election and rhetoric


Trump and his allies have long referred to immigration as an ‘invasion’ of the country. Ari Melber, Monica Martinez and Brian Levin take a look deep look at the history of ‘invasion’ rhetoric and the ‘replacement’ theory. Brown University Professor Monica Martinez says the dangerous history of ‘invasion’ rhetoric dates back to the early 20th century where Mexican-Americans and Mexican nationals were killed by U.S. residents and officials that were ‘inspired by the rhetoric of politicians’ who painted Mexicans as ‘bandits and rapists.’ Levin reports research shows hate crime and hate speech peak around the same time, and "often around political rhetoric" with November 2016 being the "worst month for hate crime, going back 14 years."