NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–January 27, 2017
Elections have consequences, and so does inflicting your bigotry on others:
A Massachusetts man was charged with hate crimes after he threatened an airline worker at Kennedy International Airport who was wearing a head scarf, kicked her and told her “Trump is here now” and “he will get rid of all of you,” officials said on Thursday.
The Trump supporter’s name is Robin A Rhodes, 57, of Worcester Mass. After returning from Aruba, he was waiting for a connecting flight to Massachusetts when he decided to visit the Delta Airlines SkyClub Lounge in Terminal 2. According to the Queens District Attorney, this is where he observed the Delta worker, Rabeeya Khan:
Mr. Rhodes went to her office door and asked if she was sleeping and, according to the statement, said: “Are you praying? What are you doing?” He then punched the door, which hit the back of her chair. He threatened Ms. Khan and kicked her in the right leg, according to the statement. She moved to a corner of the office but he kicked the door, stepped into the office and blocked her from leaving.
As the terrified woman tried to escape from Rhodes, he began mocking her:
Mr. Rhodes followed her, got on his knees and began to bow down in imitation of a Muslim praying and shouted expletives about Islam and ISIS, the prosecutor’s office said.In an apparent reference to Muslims, he said, according to the prosecutor’s office: “You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kind of people. You will see what happens.”
Rhodes was charged with ”assault, unlawful imprisonment, menacing and harassment as hate crimes, and related charges.”
He faces up to four years in prison, where he can ruminate about the wisdom of listening to Donald Trump.
Hate crimes against minorities, including Muslims, have spiked after the election of Trump, who has taken a hardline stance on immigration and Islamist extremism. A November 2016 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Alabama, recorded 867 hate incidents in the 10 days following Trump’s victory on November 8, 2016, with Muslim women wearing hijabs identified as “particularly vulnerable to threats and assault.”
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