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161111-swastika-trumpA commenter took This Writer to task late yesterday (November 10), for posting an image similar to the above and saying, not only that people have been emboldened to do these things by the election of Donald Trump as US President, but that it doesn’t matter whether they support him or not – the fact is that his election is the reason the Swastika has started appearing on American streets.

According to the commenter, it was hypocritical of me to post the image and the criticism after having defended Jeremy Corbyn against trumped-up (sorry) allegations of anti-Semitism, misogyny and so on – the implication being, I imagine, that Mr Trump has not yet proved to be a Nazi so he should not be criticised as one?

The trouble with that argument is, Mr Trump has spoken of women in demeaning, sexist terms, and he has suggested he will build a wall to keep foreign people out of the United States (to quote two famous examples of his behaviour). That is all his followers need to justify them unleashing a wave of appalling behaviour against women and anybody who looks as though they belong to a racial minority.

The image above, to be honest, looks as though it was made by a critic of Mr Trump – but it expresses a sentiment that appears to be accurate: Donald Trump has led people to believe that the unacceptable is now permissible again.

Donald Trump became the next US President this week in spite of his racist, misogynistic, and inflammatory rhetoric. And while some of his supporters may have thought he’d become more statesmanlike after winning, day one in post-election America suggests that the division sown during his election campaign is only going to get worse. Here are just a handful of the shocking events from 9 November.

Source: The horrors of Day 1 in post-election America are a worrying taste of things to come [TWEETS] | The Canary

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