Pro-Trump, Clinton supporters feel targeted following election - CBS46 News

Pro-Trump and pro-Clinton supporters feel targeted following election

Pro-Trump, Clinton supporters feel targeted following election

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Those who supported Hillary Clinton and those who supported Donald Trump tell CBS46 they're feeling targeted and threatened a week after Donald Trump was elected president.

Meanwhile, new numbers from the FBI show an increase in hate crimes against Muslims.

Writing on the side of the Urban Outfitters on Ponce de Leon Avenue reads, "Love trumps hate."

On Monday, quite the opposite appeared on the Crown Royal Hotel, the projection of a explicit word directed at Donald Trump. The metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists took credit for the projection on their twitter page. These are just two examples of anger following the results of the presidential election, but many people are also feeling fear, including Muslims.

"There is a sense that people who have hatred towards these groups, that it's OK for them to come out now and act upon that." Soumaya Khalifa, founder of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, said.

Hate crimes against Muslims in 2015 were up 67 percent compared to the year before. Khalifa believes that has to do with the negativity of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

"This is very, very alarming and it's not anywhere but in our own backyard," Khalifa said.

Anti-Trump protests across the country also have those who voted for Donald Trump on edge

Republican students at Oglethorpe University feel that they're being targeting by the university's president.

"He stated his opinion from the beginning and then did not moderate or water down any extremist comments," Sam Traxler, a member of the university's Republican Committee said.

Traxler is talking about a forum the school's president, Dr. Lawrence Schall, held after the election. In an email Dr. Shall sent to students inviting them to the forum, he wrote in part, "I still find it difficult this morning to believe that the majority of voters in our country chose to elect a man whose views on civility and inclusivity are so at odds with mine and with the values of our Oglethorpe community."

"I felt that it promoted that divisiveness as opposed to addressing the divisive nature of the election," Traxler said.

In a statement, Dr. Schall told CBS46 he wanted to create an environment where students could express their views openly. He plans to meet with the school's republican committee next week.

Many groups here in metro Atlanta and across the country are calling for unity. Muslims and other minorities who feel threatened say they'll stick together and stand up against the hate. 

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