I’ve seen this video posted many times on Facebook now, so it seems to have become popular as a retort to the innumerable reports of racial violence at the hands of Trump supporters. The version which has come through the rbutr platform is from InfoWars and uses the taunting from the bystanders filming the assault as evidence that the assault is taking place because the man voted for Trump. The article says:

It is not even clear if the victim was a Trump supporter. Presumably, the mob used that as an excuse to beat and rob him.

“Presumably” he says.

Video of Mob assaulting trump voter

Critical Responses

The rebuttal we have for this article comes from Snopes. It references the police reports which show that the assault arose from a traffic accident, and indeed had nothing to do with voting for Trump. A second rebuttal comes from the Chicago Tribune, which interviewed the victim directly and clearly indicated that the violence had nothing to do with who he voted for. It was the bystanders who brought Trump into it, egging on the violence. The article states:

Wilcox said he did vote for Trump on Tuesday, but no one in the crowd would have known that. He said the taunts appeared to come from people watching the beating, including one person at the bus stop who he heard say, “Yeah, it’s one of them white boy Trump guys.”

Wilcox believes the attackers, who were black, were egged on by the bystanders. “They intensified it, aggravated it and made it more than it was.”

Sadly, white supremacists are using this video and the incorrect narrative around it to further inflame racial tensions and incite violence against blacks.

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