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    if everything was the same, but that he said “I'm going to hit you because you're a lesbian” before assaulting her, then the hate crime charge would be proven, then I frankly don't see why you think the same thing would be hard to establish if what he said was that since you think you are a man, I'm going to treat you like a man before assaulting her. In other words, I don't see a material difference in effect between “you're a lesbian” and “you think you're a man”, or “I'm going to hit you” (followed by an assault) and “I'm going to treat you like a man” (followed by an assault). Or for that matter, between “because” and “so”.

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