Just two days after Trump’s election, reports of anti-Islam attacks spike

It’s already getting ugly.

CREDIT: AP/Craig Ruttle
CREDIT: AP/Craig Ruttle

Less than 48 hours since Donald Trump became the president-elect, reports of Islamophobia are already on the rise.

Attacks on Muslim Americans were already high before Trump clinched enough electoral college delegates to win the presidency on Tuesday night, with hate group experts attributing the uptick to his candidacy. But the situation appears to have worsened since his win.

Here are just a few examples of Muslim American reporting instances of harassment and assault this week.

  • A San Diego State University says she was robbed and may have had her car stolen by two men who “made comments about President-elect Donald Trump and the Muslim community,” according to a statement from campus police. Officials are calling the attack a hate crime.

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  • At New York University, Muslim students reportedly awoke to discover that the door to their prayer room had been defaced with the word “Trump!”

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  • At San Jose State University, a campus-wide alert sent to students reported that a woman had her hijab forcibly removed by a “fair skinned male” with such force that it “caused the victim to lose her balance and choked her.”


  • A Muslim woman in Albuquerque, New Mexico claimed on Twitter that a Trump supporter tried to pull off her hijab at her university. She said school officials are now investigating the incident.


  • A Muslim woman reported that a woman verbally and physically attacked her at a Walmart, tugging at her hijab while saying that such headwear “is not allowed anymore.” She then reportedly suggested the woman hang herself. Walmart is working to corroborate the story.


Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the account of a Muslim woman at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette who claimed to be beaten by Trump supporters. Police initially reported her account, but—after this article was published—have since announced that her account was untrue.