A Muslim woman in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was allegedly threatened by a man who said he would set her on fire with a lighter if she didn’t remove her religious head covering, or hijab.
Another Muslim woman in Columbus, Ohio, reported to police that a man verbally attacked her and her family while they were stopped at a traffic light, shouting, “Go back to your f—— country.”
Other adherents of Islam in the U.S. have reported having their headscarves ripped off or ethnic slurs hurled at them in the days since the Nov. 8 election of Donald Trump, and more than 200 bias incidents — mostly against blacks, immigrants and Muslims — were reported over the past week by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Trump said Sunday he was surprised and saddened to hear about hate crimes, racial slurs and threats reportedly made by some of his supporters since the election and told them to “stop it.”
“I am so saddened to hear that,” he said in an interview Sunday with CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” He added that the many demonstrating against him since his election should not be “afraid” of his presidency.
But anti-discrimination advocates say Trump’s positions as a candidate have emboldened some who are prejudiced against Muslims to voice or act out their biases.
On the campaign trail, Trump called for barring all foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. His recent appointment of conservative firebrand and former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor has drawn heated criticism from anti-discrimination and Muslim groups.