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Fake Hate Crime Epidemic Peaks Just Days Before Christmas

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."

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.

Saleh is apparently known for engaging in unacceptable behavior on planes:

Liberal journalist Soledad O'Brien, who had a good friend on the plane, said the other passengers are disputing Saleh's story.

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.