Trump Effect

Trump said and tweeted many things during the 2016 election season and following that violate norms of public discourse and presidential behavior. 

When he announced his campaign, he insulted Mexican immigrants, saying, " When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." (Source: The Washington Post)

He also mocked a reporter with physical disabilities. He called Clinton a "nasty woman" during a debate. He suggested the mother of a Gold Star family wasn't allowed to speak because of her Muslim religion.

Following his election, incidents of hate crimes rose. A Southern Poverty Law Center survey of 2,000 educators noted a sharp increase of hate crimes and hostile behavior in schools.

The theory that Trump's outrageous behavior enables the same among his supporters has been called The Trump Effect.

See also Hate Crimes, Anti-SemitismRacismMuslimsMexican Americans

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