Speaking at the Preventing Prevent event against the government’s anti-radicalisation project, on Wednesday night, Abbott suggested Trump’s election was symptomatic of a “wave of anti-migrant, anti-Muslim feeling”.
She said: “We are seeing a rise in hate crime following the Brexit vote and an international rise in hate crime after the election of Donald Trump.
“This trend, this wave of anti-migrant, anti-Muslim feeling which is engulfing the UK, Europe and now North America is reflected in the fact that the national police chiefs have shown that far right referrals to Prevent have gone up by 74 percent,” she added. “These figures are useful in proving what we know which is that there has been a spike in hate crime and race hate.
“The alarming rise of far right anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment reflects the rising confidence of the far right to air their views.”