NEW YORK CITY: Subway Rider Threatens To Kill Iranian Couple Because “Trump Is In The House” [VIDEO]

Gothamist reports:

Mahsa Mehrdad and Masih Rahmati, an Iranian couple residing in NYC, were riding the subway through Manhattan on Saturday night when a man threatened to kill them and told them to “go back to your own country.” In a video of the incident, the man can be heard declaring that “Donald Trump is in the house,” before telling the couple, “I’ll kill all three of you at one time.” (Mehrdad speculates that a third man sitting nearby was lumped into the threat.)

The racist threat fits within a citywide trend of rising hate incidents, particularly on the subway, since President Trump’s election. Data from the first two months of 2017 show a 55 percent jump in hate crimes across the five boroughs, as well as a 340 percent increase in reported hate crimes on the subway, with 22 reported incidents compared to just five over the same period last year.