New York's supposed post-election wave of hate crimes got less wave-y this week, as the NYPD announced that Yasmin Seweid had made up her story of being attacked by Muslim-bashers yelling "Trump, Trump, Trump" on the subway.
She's now charged with filing a false report and obstructing government administration. Let us hope the lesson's learned.
No, this doesn't falsify any other similar accounts: Police are still pursuing other cases, including attacks and threats against two Muslim women, a city transit worker and an off-duty cop.
But it exposes the perils of buying too quickly into the "wave of hate" narrative.