Even though Key West is a longstanding gay mecca of America, a gay couple was just attacked there by a man shouting slurs and his support for Donald Trump.
“I bet you faggots voted for that bitch Hillary,” the suspect said to the couple. “Well, you live in Trump country now.”
Miami Herald reports:
Kevin Seymour, 38, and Kevin Paul Taylor, 49, said it was a drunken tourist who followed them as they rode south on Duval Street “calling us faggots and a slew of other anti-gay remarks,” according to a police report.
“We were victims of a hate crime last night biking home from dinner,” Taylor posted on Facebook. “He kept stopping in front of us and swerving into us. Finally Kevin got ahead of him and the guy charges him with his scooter and runs into him and knocks him off his bike. Kevin is okay.”
Another couple witnessed the attack and collaborated the victims’ story. Police are looking for surveillance video from local businesses to nab the suspect.
Recently, we have been reading a lot more of these messed up stories. In New York City, subway riders found anti-Semitic graffiti all over a train car. In San Diego, the owner of a drag restaurant was brutally attacked and gay bashed. He took to Facebook to blame Trump, and it doesn’t like his blame was out of line at all.
Between the Nov. 8 election and Feb. 19, the New York Police Department received 143 hate-crime complaints, 42 percent more than during the same period a year earlier. Seventy-two of the post-election offenses targeted Jews, compared with 39 a year earlier, according to data provided by the department.
“Based on the timing and the extraordinary increase we’ve been seeing, not only in New York but around the nation, you have to conclude that the presidential campaign was the major factor,” said Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for public information. “To be cautious about casting blame, one would have to consider the heated nature of the rhetoric on both sides” during the election.”
When Trump was called out on the carpet about this violence during his post-election interview with Leslie Stahl for 60 Minutes, he unemphatically told his supporters to, “Stop.” Looks like they weren’t listening and now marginalized and minority communities are the target of hate and violence.
We hope that nobody dies in the name of Trump — but that very scary reality may not be so far away.