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Trump Thump

Posted by on Nov. 11, 2016 at 12:34 PM
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Trump Thump

Chicago police said they are investigating a battery caught on video that stemmed from a traffic-related altercation — not from discussing politics.

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Claim: A white man was beaten by a group of black people for voting Trump.

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WHAT'S TRUE: Chicago police are investigating a battery incident involving a 50-year-old white male victim who was attacked by five black males and females.

WHAT'S FALSE: Police say the incident stemmed from a traffic altercation, not politics.


Origin:On 10 November 2016, conspiracy theory web site InfoWars posted a video of a white man being pushed and kicked by a group of younger African-American people. (The article bore the inflammatory headline, "SHOCK VIDEO: BLACK MOB VICIOUSLY BEATS WHITE TUMP VOTER.")

The roughly 30-second video shows an older white man in a blue sweatshirt getting pushed to the ground and kicked by the younger people, while several people can be heard off-camera accusing him of voting for Donald Trump:

 

A longer version of the video posted to Twitter is accompanied by the song "F*ck Donald Trump," and shows the man clinging to his car and being dragged as someone drives away in it.

Chicago police told us that officers responded to a battery call on 9 November 2016 in which the 50-year-old victim reported being battered in a traffic-related altercation involving three unidentified males and two females — one of whom drove away in the man's car. A spokeswoman told us:

Our Area North detectives are investigating. We’re aware of the video. The [incident] report has nothing political in nature. We forwarded the video to detectives, so they’re investigating.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital in good condition, she said.

The clip has since been shared by white supremacist publication The Daily Stormer with the following text:

We are bringing back law and order to this country.

The age of the rabid monkey is closing.

Let them take to the streets for their last big hurrah.

Because in a couple of short months, America becomes Trumpland.

And in Trumpland, criminals are punished with swift brutality. And cops are immune from prosecution.

While it's clear the man in the video was assaulted, it seems from initial police reports that the assault stemmed from a traffic incident. Bystanders are heard taunting him for voting for Trump, but it's not clear from the video itself or the statements from police whether he did in fact say he voted for Trump, and if he did, whether that was the impetus for the attack.

It's also not clear, as some publications are claiming, that the battery suspects in the video were supporters of Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. One woman can be heard off camera asking, "Are you gonna pay for my shit?" which seems to align with the police statement that the fight stemmed from a traffic accident resulting in property damage.

Further, the racial undertones of some of the posts surrounding the video raises the possibility that the incident is being exploited in order to further enflame tensions on the heels of a charged and contentious election.

Originally published: 10 November 2016

Featured Image: YouTube screen capture

sources:

Watson, Paul Joseph. "SHOCK VIDEO: BLACK MOB VICIOUSLY BEATS WHITE TRUMP VOTER."
  InfoWars. 10 November 2016.

Anglin, Andrew. "Chicago: White Man Brutally Beaten by Black Mob for Voting Trump."
  The Daily Stormer. 10 November 2016.

Randall, Amber. "Hillary Supporters Assault White Trump Supporter [VIDEO]."
  The Daily Caller. 10 November 2016.

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