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America’s political landscape is in a sorry state.
After predictions of widespread racist, homophobic, and sexist attacks in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election completely flopped, many chose to either fake hate crimes or blame everyday occurrences on a supposed hate crime wave.
Latter - South - Carolina - Mayor - February
The latter is apparently what happened to a South Carolina mayor in early February after a “grainy substance” was found on her car.
As Newsweek reports, the husband of Lamar Mayor Darnell Byrd McPherson first discovered the substance coating the couple’s cars and scraped it off the vehicles with the help of a neighbor. But the mayor’s suspicions didn’t go away.
Hate - Crime - No - History - Town
“I likened it as a hate crime because No. 1, there’s a history in our town of Lamar,” McPherson said. Although there was nothing written in the substance, the mayor found it to be just as haunting.
“To me that was the message,” McPherson said.
Police - Law - Enforcement - Hate - Crime
The police were quickly called. Law enforcement began to investigate the supposed hate crime in the town, which Newsweek reported has a population of only about 980.
Deputies from the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office were the first to respond.
Fact - Mayor - Cars - Twice - Incident
Despite the fact that the mayor had the cars cleaned and pressure-washed twice after the incident, so evidence was a little lacking, but investigators did some quick detective work and had a pretty good idea what the mystery substance was.
“We found it to be pollen,” DCSO Lieutenant Robby Kilgo told Newsweek. “There was no reason for us to collect a sample.”
Story - McPherson - Claim - Twitter
The story of McPherson’s claim soon flooded Twitter.
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