A disturbing Facebook Live video streamed on Jan. 3 showed the beating and torture of a mentally disabled white teenager by four African-American teens, sending shocks around the nation. Newt Gingrich, a close advisor of President-elect Donald Trump, called the attack a hate crime on the morning of Jan. 5., and a few hours later the suspects were officially charged.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24, have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. In the Facebook Live video, the two men, Hill and Cooper, are seen stomping the mentally disabled teen’s head, cutting his shirt and scalp, punching him, and yelling “F*** Donald Trump” and “F*** white people” at him.
''It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that,'' Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “I've been a cop for 28 years and I've seen things that you shouldn't see. It still amazes me how you still see things that you just shouldn't.''
In a Jan. 5 interview on Fox News’ ''Fox & Friends,'' Gingrich said that the video shows that America is at a precipice.
"If this had been done to an African-American by four whites, every liberal in the country would be outraged and there would be no question that it is a hate crime," Gingrich began. “We are right at the edge of a terrible period -- which I know President-elect Donald Trump wants to avoid -- of having a deep bitter division in the communities in a way that makes America very hard to govern."