The Miami Herald has reported that a couple living in Key West, Florida say they were attacked for being gay. Kevin Paul Taylor and Kevin Seymour were on the way home from dinner when a drunk tourist started harassing them. The tourist allegedly chased them down using homophobic slurs and saying “you’re in Trump country now.”
Taylor described the incident on his Facebook page.
‘Feeling disheartened because we were victims of a hate crime last night biking home from dinner and a drunk tourist on a scooter harassed Kevin Seymour and me all the way down Duval, calling us faggots and a slew of other anti gay remarks such as “I bet you faggots voted for that bitch Hillary–well you live in Trump Country now.” He kept stopping in front of us and swerving into us. Finally Kevin got ahead of him and the guy charges him with his scooter and runs into him and knocks him off his bike. Kevin is okay. Luckily it happened right in front of a business with lots of cameras and also there was a witness on the porch that gave a sworn statement to the police. Thankful Kevin is okay and our emotional wounds will heal. The license plates on the scooter MCUT33. I think the cops will be able to track him down.’
In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, reports of hate crimes have been on the rise, despite Trump’s repeated insistence that he condemns such actions. Not all of Trump’s supporters may be bigots, but it’s clear that a lot of them are and the president has done nothing to stop them.
The Herald reported that local police were told of the incident and that a witness did corroborate the story. Law enforcement have said they will check local surveillance equipment to see if they captured an image of the attacker. The attacker, who as of right now has not been identified, was described as a white man in his 30s with a southern accent.
The paper also reports that the man threatened to attack them with a knife if they called 911. The police have not yet found the man, but Taylor was confident that they would.
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