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Police: White Man Beat Hispanic 'This Is For Trump'

| by Michael Allen

Caleb J. Illig allegedly hit a Hispanic man in the back of the head and shouted, "This is for Trump," on Nov. 10 in Gainesville, Florida.

According to Gainesville police, the Hispanic man was trying to clean a parking lot, when Illig punched him from behind and shouted, "Let’s Trump down," notes The Gainesville Sun.

Illig also said, "This is for Donald Trump" and allegedly hit the victim several more times, according to the police report. A second employee saw the incident and intervened; Illig was charged with simple battery.

Two other post-election crimes have been reported in Gainesville since Nov. 8.

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On Nov. 20, a black swastika and other graffiti were spray-painted on a college fraternity house near the University of Florida (UF).

The UF Delta Tau Delta house posted a statement on Facebook later that day:

In the early hours of this morning, our house was vandalized with a spray-painted swastika and other hateful rhetoric, along with broken windows. Yesterday there was a political protest march along University Avenue during which some of our members were on our front lawn expressing their political views.

The University of Florida is an institution where one can express one's views with no fear of disdain or hostility, and these acts of vandalism should be denounced. As a diverse community of men with various political and religious backgrounds, the members of Delta Tau Delta advocate for the freedom of speech and political expression. We ask that we receive the support of the University in rejecting this conduct as it is vital for a truly inclusive campus.

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UF president Kent Fuchs tweeted on Nov. 20: "Saddened to learn Delta Tau Delta house was vandalized w/ offensive messages. I denounce all statements and symbols that hurt or disparage."

Police Officer Ben Tobias told The Gainesville Sun:

Just looking at election results, the community is divided almost 50/50. It’s not just here in Gainesville. I’d like to think we’re doing better, but we’re having our own problems crop up.

It’s easy to say, but folks can’t just go around being scared to be a victim of a crime. If they think they’re being targeted, definitely contact us.

Sources: The Gainesville Sun, UF Delta Tau Delta/Facebook / Photo credit: Gainesville Police via The Gainesville Sun

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