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Professed supporters of Donald Trump have begun attacking and harassing Muslims, Hispanic Americans, black people, ethnic minorities and the LGBT communities. Reports of violent incidents started flooding in to the police from across the country immediately after election results were declared.

Muslim women wearing hijabs were chosen targets while ‘f****** Niggers’ and Hispanics were asked to vacate the sidewalks. A Muslim student from the University of Louisiana was assaulted and robbed by two men wearing ‘Trump’ baseball caps, the police said.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, a Muslim student at San Diego State University was robbed by two men who “made comments about President-elect Donald Trump and the Muslim community”, before stealing her purse, rucksack and car, The Independent reported on Friday. The SDSU Muslim Student Association said the victim was a black Muslim student wearing full Islamic dress.

Several Muslim women have reported to the police that Trump supporters attempted to rip off their hijabs, which cover the hair. Terrorized family members are now advising them not to wear headscarves in fear of further attacks.

Maha Abdul Gawad said she was shopping in a local Wallmart on Wednesday when another woman approached, pulled off her hijab and said: “This is not allowed anymore, so go hang yourself with it around your neck not on your head.”

Incidents were also reported from schools, with students saying Muslim girls had taken off their hijabs to avoid abuse or had them forcibly removed, American newspapers reported.

A spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations told The Independent that there were “tremendous levels of fear given the anti-Muslim rhetoric we have seen from Donald Trump during this campaign”.

“This rhetoric is nothing new,” he added. “What is new is how far he has gone with it. That is the shocking thing.”

Black people were abused physically and verbally by people expressing support for the President-elect. A woman in Delaware described overhearing four white men near her at a petrol station discussing Trump’s victory and “how they’re glad they won’t have to deal with n*****s much longer”.

“One walked over to me and said ‘how scared are you, you black b****? I should just kill you right now, you’re a waste of air’,” she wrote.

Then another guy steps forward and shows me his firearm. He says: ‘You’re lucky there’s witnesses or else I’d shoot you right here.’ I have called the police.”

Natasha, a student from the Christian Baylor University in Texas, said she was walking home from a class when a man shoved her off the pavement. “He said ‘no n*****s allowed on the sidewalk’. I was shocked, I had no words,” she said in a video posted on social media. “Another guy said, ‘dude, what are you doing? That’s not cool’. The guy said: ‘I’m just trying to Make America Great Again’.”

Many victims were documenting their experiences on Facebook, with a black woman in Bloomington, Indiana, describing how she was talking into a shop when white men in a passing lorry hurled abuse.

“As they sped their truck up on me, they rolled their window down and yelled: ‘F*** you n***** b****,” she wrote. “Trump is going to deport you back to Africa’. In my 33 years of life, I’ve never had blatant racism shown to me than in that moment.”

Elsewhere, a woman jogging in Bloomingdale, Florida, was told to “go back to Africa” by a passer-by, and graffiti at a school in Minnesota read “fuck n*****s #whitesonly #whiteamerica #trump”.

Hispanic Americans and those of perceived Mexican heritage were also being targeted, with a woman saying an “older white man” threatened to sexually assault her and threw water over her hours after the election result.

“[He said]: ‘I can’t wait until Trump asks us to rape your people and send you back over the biggest damn wall we’re going to build. Go back to hell, wet back’, Rhio Oracion wrote. “After saying all of that, he threw the water in his cup in my face, gave me the middle finger, and ran off. I’m in tears right now. I’ve never been terrified of being a woman and a minority until today.”

Calgary Metro reported that a gay man was hit over the head with a beer bottle by men shouting homophobic slurs on election night. “Can’t wait until your ‘marriage’ is overturned by a real president,” read a sign left on a car in North Carolina. Gay families = burn in hell. Trump 2016.”

Days before the election, a transgender woman’s truck was spray painted with the words “Trump” and set on fire in her driveway as she and her three-year-old son were inside their home in Tennessee.

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