A Mississippi man has been charged with insurance fraud after claiming his vehicles were spray-painted with racist, pro-Trump graffiti last month.
Trumaine Foster was arrested for the hate crime hoax on Friday by Southaven police, charged with insurance fraud and tampering with evidence following a report in early February that his two vehicles had been vandalized, WREG-TV reported.
Foster said he woke up on Feb. 4 to find one of his vehicles had “N****r” spray-painted on it, while another car had “Leave N****r’ and “Trump” painted along its side. A local pastor and resident of the community where Foster lives expressed his shock over the act in an interview with WREG at the time, saying the incident was in no way an “indictment” of Southaven.
“This had to be unnerving for a quiet family to come out to their cars and see what they saw there,” Pastor Vincent McCaskil said.
“It’s time for us as believers to truly speak up and speak out against it,” he added. “We cannot remain silent against this.”
But, as it turned out, the alleged hate crime was really not what it appeared.
The news outlet reported that Foster has his own body shop and he “specializes in painting cars” according to “multiple people in the automotive community,” though police have not indicated that the 35-year-old was responsible for the graffiti.
“One of those people even tells us he painted his wife’s car after it was spray-painted,” WREG reported, adding that a woman from Foster’s home drove away in one of the vehicles – which had since been repainted – without answering any questions.
Neighbors and local residents spoke out about the latest developments.
“That it was a hoax just kind of made us look silly,” neighbor Shelby Littleton told WREG.
“To make something up, that just does not make sense to me,” Bradley Littleton said.
Foster was being held in the DeSoto County Jail and no bond had been set for him as he awaits a court appearance on Wednesday.
Social media users reacted to yet another fake hate crime tied to President Trump that went terribly wrong for the alleged “victim.”
It is almost formulaic now. Proof #TrumpsRacistAmerica
— Nation of Kekistan in Portland (@KEK_of_PDX) February 28, 2020
Mississippi: A black man said he found his family car vandalized w/racist messages saying the n-word & “Trump.” The photos sparked outraged. After an investigation, police arrested the man, Trumaine Foster, who they charged w/insurance fraud. https://t.co/RVdilbDxJM #HateHoax pic.twitter.com/NqCQSXu0t1
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) February 29, 2020
Oops…that may work in Chicago, but not in Mississippi. Us Rubes know better. We’re not “blind” (like the MSM) to the fact that All Politically Motivated Violence emanates exclusively from the Left. Trump supporters just get blamed for it.? https://t.co/aP1FsfPi4P
— Red Mountain (@nolanwehby) March 2, 2020
Another example of a “hate crime” blamed on @realDonaldTrump supporters. These things get all kinds of coverage until it’s proven it’s a hoax…then the story just gets a “by the way”… https://t.co/FJKSNASm2d
— Bree ????? (@wallacegarmany) February 29, 2020
America so racist we have to make it up to prove how racist we are.. Lol
— RealStevenFox (@steveffox) February 29, 2020
Racial incident turned out to be a hoax? This only happens . . . all the time.
— Zeus (@cypherhalo) February 29, 2020
The “Trump” part was the dead giveaway.
— Carlos Gomez (@cgomez000) February 29, 2020
Who didn’t see that? The Smollet effect.
— swp4ever (@swp4ever1) March 1, 2020
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