In what is likely another “hate crime hoax,” a woman who was a regular attendee at the Islamic Center of Des Moines was arrested on arson charges after she allegedly tried to burn the mosque to the ground.
Security camera footage showed the woman – later identified as Aisha Ismail, 22, pouring lighter fluid on the carpet of the mosque and starting the fire, the Des Moines Register reported.
Ismael fled the scene before police could arrive. The fire was put out without doing too much damage.
Later, authorities arrested her at her West Des Moines apartment and booked her into the county jail on a charge of first degree arson.
Police said there were no indications the arson attempt was a hate crime. Police spokesman Sgt. Pail Parizek said Ismael attended the mosque and officially, the motive was unclear.
“It doesn’t appear that she was trying to burn the place down,” Parizek said. “It seems like she was trying to make a statement.”
Damage from the fire was minimal, and no one was hurt, Parizek said.
Ismail’s jail bond was set at $25,000. She remained in custody Friday morning.
Since the Trump election, hoax hate crimes are part of the national scene now. National Review has a list of some of the more insidious ones: people who claim anti-Islamic threats, or spray paint racist messages on walls or tell police they have been assaulted by gangs of Trump-supporting violent thugs – most of which turn out to be complete lies.
There is now a database of all the fake hate crimes reported to the authorities, originally attributed to sexist, racist, homophobic and Islamophobic trump supporters, that turned out to be false.
There are now 300 examples across the country of these so-called “fake hate crimes.”
There’s little doubt that there are violent, destructive crimes committed against Muslims and “people of color” against some mentally deranged Trump supporters.
But that more and more of them turn out to be fake only proves that they are trying to escalate these isolated and sporadic incidents into some kind of national trend that doesn’t exist.
What they do is fill a narrative that Trump supporters are violent, hateful thugs, willing to commit violent acts to get their way.
When in fact, the opposite is true.