Loretta Lynch Addresses Surge In Hate Crimes [VIDEO]

NBC News reports:

In a video message Friday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch responded to a spike in hate crimes that the federal government found in 2015, saying the increase should be “deeply sobering” to Americans. The FBI reported a six-percent increase in hate crimes nationally in 2015, with anti-Muslim crimes increasing by a staggering 67 percent, Lynch said on the video.

“These numbers should be deeply sobering for all Americans,” Lynch said. She also mentioned of recent news of a spate of reported hate crimes in the U.S., and encouraged Americans to report the incidents to the police, saying it is the “right and just thing to do.”

“Some of these incidents have happened in schools. Others have targeted houses of worship,” Lynch said on the video. “And some have singled out individuals for attacks and intimidation.” She continued, “We need you to continue to report these incidents to local law enforcement, as well as the Justice Department, so that our career investigators and prosecutors can take action to defend your rights.”

Lynch acknowledged that people were concerned about the more recent incidents, which the government does not yet have statistics on, but she noted enforcing hate crime laws is “about staying true to our highest ideals and most cherished principles” of equal protection under the law. “I want the American people to know that as long as that work is necessary, the Department of Justice will continue to carry it forward,” Lynch said.

The DOJ has closed comments at YouTube. You know why.

  • Brad Lathem

    The DOJ will indeed continue to carry forward with these hate crimes – Sessions will openly advocate for them, and prosecute those who speak out.

    • Steverino

      Because after all, the perps were only exercising their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

    • The Return of Traxley

      How long before “hate crimes” are deemed “special rights” not granted by the Constitution — and rescinded? And then designated as “patriotic actions of speech out of deeply-held, firm religious beliefs” protected by newly-passed Religious Freedom legislation?

  • Bill Post

    Thank you upper class morons for gutting unions, preventing health care reform, pitting the races against each other. You built this.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I know people hate it when I mention it but those upper class twits keep forgetting the French revolution.

    • Todd20036

      Not all of us are that dense, but i see your point

      • Bill_Perdue

        I don’t think you do.

  • another_steve

    The thought of this good woman being replaced by a monster like Jeff Sessions causes in me the rising of acute verklemptness beginning in my big toe and exploding in my brain.

  • greenmanTN

    This election has given haters tacit approval for their actions- I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

    • Bill_Perdue

      Socialists will combat hate crimes, Democrats will deplore them.

      “We Cannot “Give Trump a Chance”
      by Kshama Sawant


      In the ten days since the election, several thousand people have phoned and emailed my Seattle City Council office in their fury over my call to shut down Donald Trump’s agenda with massive peaceful protests on Inauguration Day.
      Many messages were from middle- and working-class people who had voted for Trump because they hated corporate Democrats and Hillary Clinton, and mistakenly believed that Trump was going to stand up for the ordinary Americans. Many were also racist and misogynist, saying things like, “You don’t belong here with the bull***t you spew from your c***su**er,” or “Drop dead and go back to turbanville.”

      Call after call, while having zero tolerance for bigotry and threats, my staff patiently explained to the more reasonable Trump supporters that we agree working people have been sold out by corporate politicians. That we completely oppose the bipartisan, big business policies of “free trade” deals like the TPP and NAFTA, corporate tax handouts, and the close ties of both parties to Wall Street. Callers were surprised to learn that while I fiercely oppose Trump, I did not back Hillary Clinton … They will have to experience Donald Trump’s policies in office to see him for what he is: a con man and representative of the billionaire class who sold the lie that he will bring back the American Dream.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Oscarlating Wildely

      But emails!!!

      • another_steve


        (Which the 62.5% of Kentuckians who voted for Trump know is somewhere on the West Coast, near San Francisco.)

        • Snarkaholic

          I thought it was a medicated cream for sore muscles.

          • another_steve


            To this day I’ve never quite figured out why some people think it socially acceptable to wear Bengay in public.

          • Snarkaholic

            I’ve heard that the term is also Ben Shapiro’s safe word.

          • another_steve

            ^^ LMAO.

          • JCF


          • seant426

            LOL. Considering that it now comes in “unscented.”

    • Hahahahahahahha! ! ! (yall Know Why Im Laughing. )

    • ohbear1957

      Kentucky election results: Trump – 1,202,942 Clinton – 628,834
      62.5% of Kentuckians can go fuck themselves!

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Yep it was a mandate to repeal obamacare. The voters have spoken.
        “Dont get sick. And if you do, die quickly”

    • Paula

      But, I voted fer Trump to make ‘Murica great agin.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I loathe all this “pity them, pity them” bullshit. We TRIED to help them only to have them inflict Trump on us.

      • Todd20036

        I pity no one who voted for Trumpenghazi.

        In fact, their suffering is the silver lining in this whole mess

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          That’s why I’m on board with a Calexit or a Coastexit (for both blue state coasts) or a Canadafornia.

          • Steverino
          • Chucktech

            Washorefornia is too mumble mouth and Calorington sounds like a new Amana stove. New California should work just fine.

          • The Return of Traxley

            Republic of California?

          • JCF
          • Acronym Jim


          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Calorington sounds like it would be fattening.

          • Kay

            Even better. With that map, it would be 158 EVs for Clinton, 306 for Trump.

            Let’s paint the map red!

          • Acronym Jim

            32° 30′ or fight!

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            I would be 100% in favor of this

          • Kay

            As a trump voter, I fully support CalExit too. While you’re at it, please, take some liberal refugees from other states, too.

            Without California, the electoral college would have been 306 Trump to 177 Hillary.

          • SoCalGal20

            Oh, Kay, be careful what you wish for. We leave and the rest of the country turns into a third-world shithole with half the agriculture and a serious lack of imported goods. Oh, and California has the sixth largest economy IN THE WORLD. We will bury your ass. 🙂

          • Kay

            “We leave and the rest of the country turns into a third-world shithole with half the agriculture and a serious lack of imported goods.”

            So, the price of food goes up, incentivizing production in the rest of the states? Or, the US imports from Canada?

            “Oh, and California has the sixth largest economy IN THE WORLD. We will bury your ass.”

            I know. Used to live there.

            One of the neat things about a weak federal government and strong individual states is the freedom to experiment, to have different forms of government. I really do support California’s right to be very liberal, and I would love to see what they could do if they didn’t have to send all the tax dollars they do to the federal government, and have it come back in directed grants, earmarked for roads, or police, or education. With the prop system, and free of federal shackles, CA could be a very, very powerful democracy, with the people having the power to directly amend the constitution free of federal limits – no first amendment, no second amendment, complete control over immigration, and trade.

            Let it run, see what happens, and learn from it’s lessons. Maybe it turns into a scandinavian-style nation, prosperous but expensive. Maybe it gets overrun with immigrants and people who choose not to work and collapses under the weight of it’s own welfare state. As a big proponent of state’s rights in most matters, I would love to see it try, succeed or fail.

            Tax and spend is a viable approach to governance, as is “don’t tax, don’t spend”. It’s the “borrow and spend” that gets us in trouble long-term.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          they wont learn any profound lessons.

    • T-Batwoman
      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        My grandmother used to say. “you vote republican, you starve to death.”

        • Susanadawkins

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      • customartist

        They hate govt, claim they support free enterprise, yet they blame govt and look for it to fix their pitiful looser-ish lives(?). Brilliant! LOL

    • ColdCountry

      I know they voted for Trump, but our healthcare system is a world-wide embarrassment.

    • Treant

      I’m fresh out of shits to give. They voted overwhelmingly for Trump–including some of those who are now fearful they’ll have to accept the consequences of that action.

      This week, I’m not in a forgiving mood. Next week doesn’t look good either.

      • Bomer

        I have a button that perfectly sums up my feelings for the orange fuckmuppet’s supporters. It says “I don’t care. Thanks.”

      • Bill_Perdue

        Stop lying. Obamacare is a failure. We need socialized medicine.
        On 05 15 2016 Gallup noted that ”Majority in U.S. Support Idea of Fed-Funded Healthcare System – •58% favor replacing the ACA with federally funded healthcare system” Neither your or your Republican brothers and sisters, who also favor attacking Latino/Latina and muslim immigrants, want real health care.

        “Nancy LeaMond, an executive vice president of AARP, the lobby for older Americans, welcomed a proposal by Mr. Obama to hold down the cost of prescription drugs. But she said, “We have concerns about certain proposals that could shift costs onto older Americans, such as higher premiums, deductibles and co-payments for Medicare beneficiaries.”

        Richard J. Umbdenstock, president of the American Hospital Association, said the proposals were “bad medicine for our nation’s seniors.” Currently, he said, “one in three hospitals operates in the red,” and many lose money on their Medicare patients.

        The budget would reduce the projected growth of Medicare payments for graduate medical education by $16 billion over 10 years while saving $116 billion in Medicare payments to drug companies for medicines prescribed for low-income patients.

        Mr. Obama would save more than $100 billion over 10 years by reducing inflation updates for health care providers that care for Medicare beneficiaries after they are discharged from hospitals.

        And he would cut $43 billion over 10 years from the projected growth of federal payments to Medicare managed-care plans, known as Medicare Advantage plans. The goal of this proposal, the White House said, is to “improve payment accuracy for Medicare Advantage.” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/us/politics/under-obama-budget-many-medicare-recipients-would-pay-more.html?emc=edit_th_20150203&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=25790019

        • customartist

          Umm,…so you voted Republican because you think they will take us in a better direction,…the direction of socialized medicine?

          • Bill_Perdue

            You’re an idiot.

            Democrats and Republicans are the same.

            Vote Socialist Action.
            What socialists stand for
            End military spending. Not a penny for war.
            •U.S. out of the Middle East!
            •No to U.S. overt and covert wars, drone wars, oil wars, privatized death squad wars.
            •Self-determination for Puerto Rico. Fight against US imposed austerity in Puerto Rico. Abolish Puerto Rico’s debt to U.S. banks and speculating hedge funds.
            •Self-determination for Palestine and U.S. hands off the Cuban Revolution.

            Save the environment
            Immediate conversion to 100% renewable power: sun, wind, geothermal and micro-hydro! Keep all fossil fuels in the ground!
            •100% tax on all fossil fuel corporations. Zero profits for the polluters.

            Jobs for all at top union wages
            •Shorten the work week by 25 percent with no cut in pay so that everyone can work and enjoy more free time. Modern technology should benefit the 99 percent not the boss class one percent.
            •Create a massive public works program to provide jobs at top union wages through building homes, converting to 100% renewable power, expanding mass public transportation, constructing hospitals, parks, schools, and other social necessities. Priority should be given to projects where they are most needed—especially in Black and Latino communities.
            •Raise all pensions, Social Security benefits, unemployment and disability compensation, welfare, and veteran’s benefits to top union wage scales and protect them with cost-of-living escalator provisions.
            •For $15 and a union now as a first short step on the road to a much higher minimum wage to sustain a quality standard of living.

            Quality health care, education and housing for all as basic rights
            •Close down the profit-gauging “healthcare” insurance companies and establish a single-payer system in rapid transition to a universal and free national system, that is, socialized medicine.
            •Free quality public education at all levels from the cradle to the grave.
            •Establish and expand rent-control to combat the mass-displacement of poor and oppressed communities through gentrification and begin massive government funding to repair, modernize, and build homes – starting where need is greatest.

            End the racist, slave labor for profit prison-industrial complex supported by Hillary Clintons campaign bundlers http://americablog.com/2015/07/private-prison-lobbyists-hillary-clinton.html
            •End the racist school-to-prison pipeline.
            •Prosecute and jail killer cops
            •De-criminalize all drugs. Take the profit out of drug trafficking. Rapidly empty the prisons while immediately organizing quality, humane rehabilitation facilities to rebuild ruined lives.
            •For Black and Latino-organized control of Black and Latino communities.

            Immediate amnesty, legalization and equal rights for all immigrants.
            •End all deportations now!
            •Repeal all anti-immigrant legislation.

            Abolish all racist, sexist and homophobic discriminatory laws and practices
            •Equal pay for equal work.
            •Affirmative action with quotas to remedy past discrimination and prevent future discrimination.
            •To assure economic independence for women, government-financed, free 24-hour child-care centers and maternity leave with full pay. Guarantee the right of every mother to raise a healthy child.
            •End violence against women and the LGBTQI community.
            •Repeal the Hyde Amendment. Free unrestricted abortion on demand. Reproductive justice now. End coercive contraception projects targeting low income women and women in prison. End the criminalization of pregnant women.

            Defend civil liberties – Abolish the “national security” state
            •End all government surveillance. Abolish the National Security Administration and all other secret and repressive government spy agencies.
            •Repeal the Patriot Act and all other anti-democratic legislation.
            •End all restrictions on the right to organize, assemble, and protest.
            •Stop the persecution of all whistle blowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden!

            For a democratically-planned socialist economy where the banks, basic industries and all natural resources are the collective property of working people – the 99 percent – and democratically operated for human betterment not the individual profits of the one percent
            •Tax the rich and their corporations, not working people! End corporate bailouts!
            •Close all tax loopholes for the rich. Nationalize all illegally “offshored” corporate profits.
            •100% tax on all incomes over $300,000. Zero percent tax on all incomes under $50,000.

            Vote Socialist Action for a worker’s government and a fully democratic society of, by and for working people and the oppressed! Abolish capitalism! For socialism!

      • customartist

        Republicans privatize profits, publicize liabilities.
        Standard typical Republican M.O.

    • Homo Erectus

      “We’ll replace Obama Care with more coal mining”.

    • ultragreen

      Clay County, Kentucky voted 86% for Trump and 11% for Clinton! The rednecks down there must really love racism if they are willing to give up their health care benefits.

  • Paula

    It won’t be long before Sessions decides that these cases are non-existent and they will never be investigated.

    • Diogenes Onionpants

      He’ll need to channel money to investigate cases of alleged “voter fraud,” a.k.a. Voting While Black.

    • greenmanTN

      They just won’t collect numbers or statistics on certain “bias crimes” so if there are no figures they don’t officially exist.

      • Paula

        The DOJ will now say that there is no such a thing as Suspect Classes and discrimination does not exist.

    • The Return of Traxley

      These “crimes” were committed by people hired — both assailant and victim — by Crooked Hillary for 1500 bucks each. Believe me!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I hate to think / say that we are gong to have more Matt Shepherd’s and James Bird Jr Incidents.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Can you even imagine donald trump addressing the nation over a tragedy like columbine or sandy hook?

      • Treant

        “Those little fuckers should have dodged. Sad! Weak!”

        • The Return of Traxley

          Teachers and kids should have been armed.

          • Kay

            “Even though the shooter complied with waiting lists, background checks, and mental health checks, and the three gun control laws we want to pass wouldn’t have changed anything anyway this time or the last 10 shootings, we need to do them to prevent more of these kinds of tragedies.”

          • The Return of Traxley

            Fuck you.

      • Max_1

        Imagine he and Pence addressing the Nation re: Pulse.

        • Homo Erectus

          Trump “get over it”.

          • ByronK

            Wasn’t it more like “told you so.”

      • Kay

        It would be pretty much like when the liberals do it – platitudes, and political opportunism – a call for changes to gun control. People surrounding the president will hope that the shooter is a certain race, so that it can help the narrative.

        The difference, of course, being that the call is for less, rather than more gun control, and that the shooter is non-white, instead of white.

        “Better if a guy named Sayeed Farouk was reporting that a guy named Christopher Hayes was the shooter.” — Podesta


        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          and Im talking about the handling of the situation. As in the diplomacy. Something you wouldnt understand anyway. Go find hillarys smoking gun.

          • Kay

            “Go find hillarys smoking gun.”

            Ok. Here it is:


            Mishandling classified materials. Intent. From a government (FOIA) source, not Wikileaks. You can request it yourself if you’d like.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            kellyanne oops I mean Kay. Um you touted your “credentials” of being a computer wiz. Same post you claimed to have the evidence of clintons crimes. Oh but you failed at the last minute to get them in your hands, i forgot.
            You love your bland matter of fact know it all tone. I aint buying what your selling.

          • douglas

            It’s why I blocked her weeks ago.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            I just blocked it too.

    • Kay

      It’s the left that divides the demographics into “food groups”, and fosters an “us-vs-them” mentality. Given their response to the election, we probably will.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but this is real. Let’s flood the Speaker’s office with calls of support for the ACA. I just did it. Took a minute or two.


    • Rebecca Gardner
      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        What were the survey questions like? Also is this survey open on weekends or just working hours?

        • Todd Allis

          I pressed 2 to do the ACA survey, and the one question was whether I supported the ACA. I pressed 1 for yes. I then had the option to leave voicemail, but I hung up.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            That’s pretty short. I might snark on Ryan worshiping Ayn Rand instead of Palestianian!Jesus.

        • Lazycrockett

          Im having issues getting the service prompt to the aca menu. nope just got it may take a couple attempts.

          • Lazycrockett

            Now that I have participated in democracy its time to celebrate with a small cocktail!! Freedom!!

          • bzrd

            It’s raining here in the Bay area, think I’ll go out and wash the car, water, the best beverage

          • TuuxKabin

            I’m so envious, friends are going to Marin Civic Center to see Ringo and His All Star Band, and are concerned about getting their high heels wet. Both ar 5’0″. Enjoy that rainfall. It’s scarce all around the country.

          • B Snow

            It hasn’t rained in our area of GA for at least a month. Maybe two.

          • TuuxKabin

            NPR had a segment about the drought and fires in the south, TN, NC, GA. It’s been dry up here in the NE too. Last night a few hours of rain that was snow north and west of us, here in NYC. I hate the way the weather and climate are changing. And I’m always surprised to hear about fires in California, where I’m from, it’s like, is there anything left to burn out there? So fucked up.

          • B Snow

            We’re supposed to get rain on Wednesday. We’ll see.

          • TuuxKabin

            Of course, just in time for the holiday rush. Hope you have a happy one.

          • B Snow

            Thanks! You, too. 🙂

      • Chucktech

        I called. I got a recording saying “Ride after hours. (??) This mailbox is full and cannot accept messages.”

        • Todd20036

          Ryan after Hours…

          • Chucktech


        • bzrd

          “ryan after hours” I got the same

      • Todd20036

        The mailbox is full

        • Lazycrockett

          Keep trying it takes a couple of times to get through. Its bout at modern as a fax machine.

        • Chucktech

          Besides, I’m sure Mr. Speaker has collected all the data he needs…

      • Homo Erectus

        Fly, monkeys! I just did it, but it took about 4 minutes start-to-finish.

    • paganguy

      I just tried and received a message the mailbox was full and not accepting messages. I’ll try again on Monday.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Try again now. Will probably be OK.

        • bzrd

          no, they say full

          • MusicBear88

            You can still reply to the survey, just not leave a voicemail for Speaker Ryan. Kind of a win/win situation really, since it prevented me from mouthing off…

          • Chucktech

            Mailbox is full and not accepting new messages.

    • Todd Allis

      I had almost 2 minutes of silence before I got through. I was able to do the survey. Small world, I’ve known MMASandwich and her daughter for years!

  • Frostbite

    Hate crimes go up when a racist bigoted asshole is elected by a base with the same mentality. Shocking!

  • Michael McReavy

    Maybe Sessions will reduce hate crimes to zero by redefining them as ‘patriotic acts’.

    • Paula

      MIchael, stop giving them ideas! 😉

    • stuckinthewoods

      Hate crimes will be reclassified as “Stand Your Feelings” interventions.

    • Chucktech

      Just ‘Murikins prtectin’ ther liburdee…

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      oh the new and improved supreme court wil say there are no more hate crimes, just like they said there is no longer a reason to have the voting rights act on the booksl

  • karmanot

    Ah Loretta baby, ever hear of the Dakota Pipelne with its savage attacks against non-violent protesters? Why don’t you get off your fat ass and start there with your staying true to our highest ideals and most cherished principles” of equal protection under the law.

    • Friday

      Jurisdiction. There’ll be chances, though.

  • andrew

    Donald Trump replacing Barack Obama, Jeff Sessions replacing Loretta Lynch. We sure are going in the wrong direction.

  • we’re still here

    It happened after Brexit too, a rise in homophobic attacks. Fascists feel empowered. And Farage, Trump and Pence have done nothing to prevent that.


    • safari

      Trump did say “stop”. And then went to his tower.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Indeed, but which one, Isengard or Barad-dûr?

        • coram nobis

          You mean the Trump Orthanc Resort, or the Trump Lugbúrz Casino? He renames these things, you know.

  • ColdCountry

    Well, it’s a good thing our Law and Order candidate is about to take office! I’m sure he’ll put a stop to it!

    (Do I even need a “snark” tag?)

  • This Thursday I caught an uber to eat sushi and watch Fantastic Beast. When the driver turned out to be an older white guy in a truck, my mind immediately thought “please don’t let him bash me”. I was fearful during the whole ride. Nothing happened and I am glad for that, but I can’t help but think that thought went through so many people minds since Trump was elected. Actual stories about Trump supporters threatening to rape women until the police shows up keep popping up in my news feed. “Moderate” Trump supporters will tell you “not all Trump supporters” but they fail to recognize the irony of electing a candidate who preached the idea that people of color and immigrant are mostly violent.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’ve got an idea. I’m just throwing out ideas to see how feasible they are:

      1. if you had a red state on your bucket list. Opt out for at least the length of the Trumpencian presidency.
      2. Write the tourist destination and say that you can’t go because you have honest to God fears about one’s safety and will be foregoing until said presidency is over. Also that you can’t recommend friends who are minorities to go due to same concerns.

      3. They can’t know why you won’t go until you tell them.

      I’m trying to think of how to do a North Carolina to the rest of the country.

      • MBear

        “Dear United States –
        We were going to winter in your lovely country. We had such plans of visiting your tourist destinations: visiting the lovely trailer parks your people inhabit, maybe pop by Douchey McTurd’s meth bar (we hear it’s popular with tourists and quite friendly with hourly staged meth rages by the wait staff), and seeing the lush and fragrant history of a failed economy & culture that was almost…but not quite…brought back to a status of ‘nearly civilised’ by your famed President Obama, only to be crashed back to the stone age by a small group of tittering oligarchs bent on world domination.

        Instead we have decided to visit a more civilised, friendlier country: Uganda.

        Good day, best wishes, and best of luck in your sober, yet fetid future.”

    • Kay

      ‘When the driver turned out to be an older white guy in a truck, my mind immediately thought “please don’t let him bash me”‘

      So, you judged someone based on their age and skin colour. Racist.

      What you did is the same as looking at a young black man, and crossing the street or fearing him. You feared for your safety and judged based on perceived risk from that demographic. There are actual stories of black men raping (and threatening to rape) white women until the police show up.

      Liberals will tell you “not all black people”, but they fail to recognize the irony of judging people on their race and age, and generalizing an entire group of people on the actions of a few.

      • Friday

        Your whining false equivalencies is not the same as actually being a minority. Personally I’m as inclined to avoid a redneck white dude as a ‘gangsta’ black dude if there’s any flag of aggression. Both aren’t people I necessarily would want to get in a car with just blanketly, actually. Being scared, especially of the privileged class and type, isn’t ‘racism.’ It’s just reality if you’re a minority in any way. Whatever mode or color that comes from.

        I know what it’s like to be assaulted. Also generally have a pretty good read on dudes of any skin tone in trucks, at least in my capacities as a do-gooding mechanic. (Last time, actually a pretty queer-looking gal in the South in actual plaid flannel, as it happened. Excellent individual as it turned out, but I wouldn’t have gotten in the cab if anything seemed off. ) Not everyone does have such a read, and.. Frankly, they shouldn’t have to.

        Categories are *not* “all,” but only the privileged get to whine ‘not all’ that way like somehow it’s ‘reverse persecution. Everyone else has to watch out. Every day. Just everyone remember that *preventing* us from really meeting each other, all of us, is exactly what the bigots want.

        • Kay

          “It’s just reality if you’re a minority in any way.”

          I’m a lesbian, Mexican, and a legal immigrant. I’m also significantly more worried about violence from the left than the Trump supporters or random white guys in trucks.

          Maybe if the left quit being such fear mongers, people would not live in so much fear.

          “I know what it’s like to be assaulted.”

          Me, too.

          • Friday

            Exactly what ‘violence from the left’ are you imagining here?

  • MusicBear88

    I don’t think it’s a hate crime, but last Friday my partner came out of the grocery store to find the word “C*NT” (but uncensored) keyed into the driver’s side door of his car. Probably a teenager or other idiot but it cost money to have it removed.

    • coram nobis

      Here’s one definition; other jurisdictions may have similar language. And given the amount of misogyny in the recent campaign, it’s plausible enough simply if it’s aimed, say, at a woman, and it’s a crime. Even absent a hate-crime law, it’s still a property crime. Do file a police report, at least for insurance reasons and for whoever collects hate crime stats.

      (c) “Gender” means sex, and includes a person’s gender identity and gender expression …
      (h) “Sexual orientation” means heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality. — Cal. Penal Code §422.55
      * * *
      (b) No person, whether or not acting under color of law, shall knowingly deface, damage, or destroy the real or personal property of any other person … in whole or in part because of one or more of the actual or perceived characteristics of the victim listed in subdivision (a) of Section 422.55.
      (c) Any person convicted of violating subdivision (a) or (b) shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by both … — Cal. Penal Code §422.56

    • SoCalGal20

      I don’t know what your area is like but it might be worth your while to file a police report. The store may have security cameras in the parking lot and maybe other cars were also vandalized.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    I do hate to be gloomy but this very good speech from this astute woman I can only describe as “quaint”

    • TimJ

      It pains me to agree with you.

  • coram nobis

    And in a related story, Pope Francis makes a major denunciation of “the virus of polarization and animosity … We see, for example, how quickly those among us with the status of a stranger, an immigrant or a refugee become a threat, take on the status of an enemy.”


    Incidentally, Joe, you’ve mentioned Cardinal Raymond Burke often. He pops up in this story as part of a “Gang of Four” cardinals who “publicly challenged Francis over his efforts to make the church more open and pastoral in its ministry, saying that they may try to charge him with teaching heresy if he does not clarify some of his statements.”

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      screw the pope. The catholic church is a death machine. Crusades, inquisitions, the holocaust. And theyre child rapists.

      • coram nobis

        Still, it’s fun to see the infighting, pope against Cardinal “Red Frilly Things” Burke, pope against ex-Cath Mike Pence and his ilk. That, and the same story notes the current pope’s attempts to appoint his crop of cardinals and bishops, probably as attempt to flush the pulpits.

    • Friday

      Maybe he should stop calling people ‘demonic’ and ‘Satanic’ then. If I’m in the ‘status of an enemy’ it sure ain’t cause *I* have any damn quarrel these types don’t bring.

      • coram nobis

        It’s tempting to see the Donald as a herald of the Tribulations, if not Babylon the Great herself.

  • Webster

    Just the thought of Dobby the House Elf replacing Loretta Lynch makes me want to hurl…

    • James

      Dobby is noble, brave, loyal, and self-sacfrificing. Whatshisname should be so lucky to be like him.

  • Jerry Kott

    My partner and I have been to the Mountain in the challenge of what many believe is standing up to Hate. However, by FBI stats they state that only a percentage of Hate crimes get reported. I believe that when it comes to LGBT folks, the quality of the investigation is like being victimized again. From my experience, Law Enforcement doesn’t look for accountability. They look for wiggle room to minimize the crime. It has been a journey to see how Law Enforcement has treated the reported bullet holes in our property. I even had an FBI agent , while at our home, say when I wanted to show him the bullet holes, that he “wasn’t interested in the bullet holes’. I believe the interview with him was solely geared to look for wiggle room to minimize concerns. I got the impression that if someone scrawled “fag” on our garage, he would have claimed that since it was in lower case letters, it wasn’t a crime.

    In Pennsylvania, there has been a reported up tic in Hate in High Schools which doesn’t surprise me at all. It has always been there but Trump’s election seems to have given the loons a sense of power they lost in the Civilizing process.

  • Professor Barnhardt
  • Mark

    Ms Lynch, fuck it. Save yourself and get the hell out of Rome. We can all get together in a couple years to sweep up the ashes.

  • coram nobis

    In a related matter, regarding the roundup and detention of people on the basis of race or ethnicity, NYT thinks that the Korematsu case may be case law indeed, but perhaps not really valid. They cite the Lawrence sodomy case as one instance where the Court didn’t cling to precedent, and the wartime ex parte Quirin case where they did.


    It’s an interesting view.

    The legal mind has a lazy habit of looking for “precedents” to justify what has been done or is about to be done. Little effort is made to scrutinize the precedent to determine whether it was acceptable then or worth repeating. The fact that something has been done before does not mean it should be done again. There is nothing “apt” about the Quirin decision. As Justice Frankfurter later remarked, it “was not a happy precedent.” The American legal system would do well not to see its like again.
    —Louis Fisher, Nazi Saboteurs on Trial

  • Homo Erectus

    Keep hatred from the mighty
    And the mighty from the small
    Heaven help us all.


    • coram nobis

      Which way are you going?
      Which side will you be on?
      Will you stand and watch
      While all the seeds of hate are sown
      Will you stand with those who say
      “Let his will be done?”

      One hand on the bible
      One hand on the gun


  • Mike Knife

    The same thing happened when Hitler took over power.

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    Yeah, I’m sure the Department of Justice will really give a massive amounts of shits about hate crimes against minorities after Herr Drumpf takes office. They’ll be investigating those between cleaning the FBI of Comey and his cronies.

  • SoCalGal20

    I like you, Loretta Lynch, but I have ZERO confidence that the DOJ will do fuck all about hate crimes, especially after you’re gone. You can’t even get any cops convicted (or charged) for hate crimes for milurdering black men in cold blood.

  • Dale Paris

    And it would not have happened if you had indicted that corrupt politician, Hillary Clinton. If you had, Bernie Sanders would have won by a landslid and the right would not currently be emboldened. But you are a sell out, if not criminal yourself. What did happen on that plane?

    • Friday

      So now Hillary’s responsible for bigots in *2015* that Bernie was going to save us from? In 2015?

      You do have some idea how linear time works, right?

  • Friday

    What, a deluge of hate speech resulted in the increase in hate crimes we noticed at the time, and now see getting even worse?

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Well, a pertinent question is how does Loretta Lynch tip?

    Separately from tipping, if Attorney General Lynch had not welcomed former President Bill Clinton on her plane a few months ago, perhaps all of us would be thinking of something else. Thank you.

  • Falconlights

    I’m not surprised that has been an increase in hate crimes. Trump has energized his bigoted base and made them feel that they have permission to go after the targets of their hatred. That is anyone they believe is to blame for their problems. It’s open season for LGBT people, black people, Hispanic people, etc. Trump has made hatred socially acceptable, at least among the Deplorables.

    I understand why Ms. Lynch says that we should report hate crimes to the police, but once the Orange-utan is inaugurated, reporting them will become an exercise in futility. Most police skew conservative/Republican so complaints will go nowhere. It is more likely that the victims will be blamed for the violence–in the case of gays and lesbians they will be told that if we weren’t so “in your face” we would not get attacked. Just the fact that we exist is being “in your face” for the bigots. and that our mere existence is reason enough to attack us.

    So we can report hate crimes but we are not likely to see justice. Hopefully Trump will be a one-term President and we can replace him with a Democrat in 2020. The one thing I hope for is that Pence doesn’t become President. Since he is a major homophobe, Torquemada Jr. would be even worse than the Orange-utan.

  • customartist

    Trump Supporters will actually LIKE the fact that hate crimes have surged