Meanwhile, pols denounce hate crime in Village
By Sabina Mollot
Following State Senator Brad Hoylman’s posting of a swastika found in his building on Twitter, which was picked up by a few news outlets, Hoylman’s Twitter was been hit with a number of trolling tweets, including a few that called the senator a liar.
“It is obvious who is facilitating this nonsense. When we find the evidence, you will be replaced for #LYING,” wrote one.
User “Slavic Harvest” wrote, “You carved it yourself you Jew hahahahaha.”
A user with the handle “Otto Hofler” chimed in, “Probably your local rabbi did it.”
When another user shot back at this comment to say, “It makes me happy my atheist dad killed so many Nazis,” “Hofler” tweeted, “Sad? We in the White House now.”
After another tweet by Hoylman praising the NYPD’s work, another person commented, “Hoax.”
Another commenter veered off topic when he tweeted to Hoylman, “If his daughter got her f—ing brains blown out in front of him would he be so illegal loving? F— liberals.”
Hoylman called those comments “just the tip of the iceberg” to be posted over the past week.
Some other people however have lashed out at the aforementioned commenters in their own responses on Twitter.
Asked about the social media backlash, Hoylman said it was another example of the uptick in hate speech that’s been seen nationwide since the election.
“I think it’s a shame, the level of hatred that is ricocheting across social media,” he said. “We really have a lot of work to do to right our country.”
In related news, on Friday at noon, Hoylman and a few elected officials representing Greenwich Village as well as the heads of two local universities, New York University and The New School, held a press conference to denounce hate crime. The event, held at Washington Square Park, was prompted by three incidents of hate crime reported in the neighborhood in one week, including the swastikas at Hoylman’s building.
The politicians, who were joined by several local clergy members and community leaders of Jewish, Christian and Muslim denomination, said New Yorkers should unite and “if you see something, say something” in terms of bias crime. When one gay minister spoke about the need for people to stand up for each other, he was heckled by one man in the park who yelled “Trump! Make America great again!” though the speaker ignored him. The all-Democrat elected officials at the event also took turns slamming the president-elect for his appointment of Stephen Bannon to the White House.
Congressman Jerry Nadler slammed Bannon as “a racist, an anti-Semite and a member of the alt right.”
Assembly Member Deborah Glick later called the description “alt right” a “sanitized” term. “They are right wing extremists and they have no place in government,” she said.
Hoylman added, “If Donald Trump wants to unite the country as he says then he must disavow the people who are anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic or homophobic or racist. He must rescind the appointment of Stephen Bannon. This is not normal. This is not acceptable.”
A spokesperson for Present-elect Donald Trump did not respond to an emailed request for comment.