An “improvised explosive device” was detonated in a Minneapolis-area mosque on Saturday.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton denounced the incident as a “dastardly, cowardly” hate crime.
According to data compiled by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), this is just the latest case in an ever-quickening escalation of anti-Islamic incidents at mosques.
Meanwhile, in the first half of 2017 there were 85 such incidents, CAIR reported.
The number is more than the total number of incidents in any year between 2009 and 2015.
“When Donald Trump became President of the United States on January 20, 2017, he brought an unprecedented record of conditioning audiences to fear Muslims,” CAIR wrote in a report earlier this year.
Since his presidential campaign trail, Trump has been making inflammatory statements about Muslims and Islam. Earlier in his campaign, he suggested closing mosques and creating national database of Muslims.
He has also called for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” saying Islam harbors “a tremendous hatred” for the United States.
Shortly after Trump’s victory, mosques around the U.S. received letters threatening genocide, with several claiming Trump will do to Muslims what “Hitler did to the Jews.”
In another incident, Muslim students at NYU found the door to a prayer room vandalized with the word “Trump”.