Wednesday turned out to be a banner day for hate crime hoaxes, as a number of alleged “hate crimes” committed by white supremacists inspired by the election of Donald Trump turned out to be somewhat different than advertised.
Adam Saleh, 23, a Muslim YouTube “star” with 1.6 million followers who is known for pulling off elaborate pranks, aka “hoaxes,” appears to have pulled off one more today. Saleh was escorted off his flight to New York after he said an American female passenger heard him talking in Arabic to his mother and “felt uncomfortable.”
— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh) December 21, 2016
In a statement, Delta said that 20 passengers on the flight had complained about his behavior.
Via the Daily Mail:
Despite the dramatic video, many have questioned the authenticity of the online prankster’s claims.
The New York internet star shot to fame through his prank channel, but has been forced to reveal that some of his biggest “pranks” were actually staged. Saleh was even forced to make a grovelling apology over his most infamous hoax – the anti-police “Racial Profiling Experiment” video – that claimed US officers had abused him over his religion.
UPDATE: Adam Saleh busted last week for airline hoax video in Australia https://t.co/Jqf03tfIUp
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 21, 2016
Saleh is apparently known for engaging in unacceptable behavior on planes:
— David Lee Orr (@DavidLeeOrr) December 21, 2016
Liberal journalist Soledad O’Brien, who had a good friend on the plane, said the other passengers are disputing Saleh’s story.
Also people on plane disputing call to mom
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) December 21, 2016
I am going to go out on a giant limb here and predict that this one turns out to be another hate crime hoax.
Also in the news, a college student in Garden City, New York, was arrested Tuesday and charged with drawing hateful and anti-Semitic graffiti on the Nassau Community College campus on multiple occasions, beginning in October and increasing after the election of Donald Trump.
Jasskirat Saini, 20, allegedly drew hundreds of swastikas on campus, along with anti-Semitic phrases like “Heil Hitler.” According to police, Saini had just drawn two swastikas on a campus building and “KKK” on the floor of another building before his arrest on Tuesday.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) December 21, 2016
“We are deeply saddened that the alleged perpetrator is a student,” Nassau Community College President W. Hubert Keen told Long Island News 12. “We will use this unfortunate series of events as an object lesson for our students, faculty and staff.”
It would appear that Saini is a disgruntled malcontent who has a special animosity toward Jews because, according to police, he did it “because he felt he was being harassed by the Jewish community in his hometown of Plainview.” But it’s hard to understand why a guy who looks like Jasskirat Saini would be writing “KKK” anywhere unless he was perpetrating a hate crime hoax.
Remember that black church in Mississippi that was targeted by racist Trump supporters last month? Multiple news outlets reported that the church was vandalized with the words “Vote Trump” and set on fire.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 3, 2016
"What happened to that church in Mississippi yesterday should not be normal," Clinton says of black church pro-Trump vandalism & fire
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) November 3, 2016
Well, here’s the racist Trump supporter who did the deed:
BREAKING: Police make an arrest in the Greenville church case. It was set on fire and spray painted 'Vote Trump' https://t.co/bldSyy9ugw
— WJTV 12 News (@WJTV) December 21, 2016
According to Warren Strain, the Communication Director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Andrew McClinton was arrested by Greenville Police. He is charged with one count of first-degree arson of a place of worship.
Strain said McClinton attended the church. He was taken into custody Wednesday.
Hopewell M.B. Church was burned November 1 and the words “Vote Trump” were painted on the building.
Authorities said he is being held in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting his initial appearance.
Also via Twitchy, another anti-Muslim hate crime against a woman in a hijab in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was today determined to be false.
U-M student made up story about man threatening to set her hijab on fire, police say. https://t.co/MxOL9bXicC
— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) December 21, 2016
Fox News today reported on the epidemic of fake hate crimes plaguing the nation since the election of Trump.
A Muslim teenager from Long Island by the name of Yasmin Seweid told authorities that she was harassed on the subway by men who yelled “Donald Trump!” while trying to remove her hijab. Within two weeks, the police said that she admitted she was lying because she broke her curfew. She now faces charges of filing and false report.
Immediately after the election, a Muslim woman in Louisiana claimied that she was attacked and had her hijab ripped off. In a statement released not long after that, the Lafayette Police Departmenet said that while investigating the incident, the woman “admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and wallet by two white males.”
A hateful note on a white board at Elon Univeristy in North Carolina that read “Bye Bye Latinos Hasta La Vista” was actually satire written by a Latino student at the school, according to the Elon News Network.
“The message was written by a Latino student who was upset about the results of the election and wrote the message as a satirical commentary,” Smith Jackson, vice president for Student Life, told ENN.
In a widely-shared Facebook post, University of Minnesota student Kathy Mirah Tu alleged that she was accosted by white men and told to “go back to Asia.” The University’s police department and the Minneapolis Police Department both said they had no record of the incident. After receiving thousands of comments and shares, Tu’s Facebook post disappeared and her account was deactivated.
As Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld noted last week, stories like Yasmin Seweid’s “reek of B.S,” yet the mainstream media buys them “hook, line, and sinker.”