Following the results of this week’s presidential election, there has been a rise in reports of violence and harassment related to the election of Donald Trump as the country's next president. Earlier today, Silicon Valley stars Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch took to Twitter to report that they had been harassed over their opposition to Trump.
Nanjiani noted that he and Middleditch had gone out to a bar in Los Angles, where they were approached by a pair Trump supporters who proceeded to get in their faces before being kicked out by the establishment's staff.
Was at a bar last night with @Middleditch. At the end of the night, 2 white dudes, 20's, who'd been there for hours came up to us.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 12, 2016
"We're big fans of you guys. (To Thomas) I trolled you on twitter yesterday." He goes on to say how we're wrong about Trump.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 12, 2016
I go "Hey we don't wanna discuss politics right now." His friends goes "oh they're cucks." Then starts yelling at us. "CUCKS CUCKS CUCKS!"— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 12, 2016
He starts getting in my face. Thomas puts his hand on the dude's chest to stop him. "Don't touch me you cuck. Wanna go outside?"— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 12, 2016
At this point, the bouncer runs over, grabs them, kicks them out. The bartender is awesome & apologetic. Thomas & I are stunned.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 12, 2016
Middleditch likewise reported the interaction on his own account:
Out with @kumailn; for no reason two dudes came at us with Trump right wing shit, calling us "cucks". Never in my life. I hate this. Week 1.— Thomas Middleditch (@Middleditch) November 12, 2016
Btw, "cuck" is an Alt Right term. Look it up, it's not positive.— Thomas Middleditch (@Middleditch) November 12, 2016
Nanjiani and Middleditch were both outspoken about their opposition to the president-elect throughout the campaign.
Since the results of this week’s election, there has been a rise in hate crimes and attacks. There have been widespread reports of racially motivated violence and intimidation, such as a group of black students at the University of Pennsylvania being subjected to racial slurs on GroupMe, while some Trump supporters have themselves been attacked for their support of the president-elect.