Editor Note: Scroll down to read what happened when an off-duty officer was attacked for wearing HIS MAGA hat… and send us your thoughts in the bottom of the article.
If we had a dollar for every time a Trump supporter was attacked for wearing a hat… we’d never have to work again. Here’s the latest unbelievable assault.
In 2007, Atsu Nable immigrated from Togo to America. He became a naturalized citizen. He loves this nation.
He is a Trump supporter who attended campaign events and served as a volunteer at the President’s inauguration. He even wears an iconic “Make America Great Again” hat.
Over the weekend, while wearing the hat in Germantown, Maryland, two men approached him, apparently outraged that he was wearing it. Nable told Fox5 DC that one of the men struck him from behind, leaving him shocked.
“I was like, ‘why are you doing this?’” Nable told the station. “They said, ‘No. The hat,’ and then they started punching me on my head.”
Nable also stated that he was proud to wear the hat as a long-time Trump supporter.
Montgomery County Police made two arrests in connection with what appeared to be a politically motivated attack. Police charged Jovan Crawford, 27, of Germantown, and Scott Duncan Roberson, 25, of D.C., with assaulting Nable.
They were also charged with robbery, attempted theft and conspiracy.
Police said in a news release Nable initially tried to walk away from the two men. When they approached him, he reportedly said he was wearing the MAGA hat because “he was entitled to his own views.”
The two men then began striking Nable and telling him to take the hat off, the news release says.
“The victim continued to be struck by the suspects until he fell to the ground,” police said in the release. “The suspects then removed property from the victim and destroyed items of value.”
Nable told FOX5 his assailants also destroyed his headphones and tried to steal his cellphone.
Witnesses to the attack called 911. Upon arrival, officers found the suspects attempting to hide among a group of children playing basketball, police said.
This is not the first time that pro-Trump gear has caused its wearer to be the target of physical altercations in the past couple of weeks.
In Edmond Oklahoma, one student was caught on video trying to remove a cape worn by another student bearing the phrase “Trump 2020”. The first knocked a MAGA hat off the head of the second student and then continued to try to rip the cape away from him.
A 14-year-old Hidden Oaks middle school student in Florida had his MAGA hat ripped off his head on the school bus by a driver’s aide.
In February, a couple was shopping at Sam’s Club in Bowling Green, Kentucky while wearing MAGA hats. Another shopper, 57-year old James Phillips allegedly pulled his loaded Glock .40 caliber pistol and pointed it the man’s face, saying “This is a good day for you to die.”
The question has to be asked: Why is there an alarming number of physical altercations taking place at the expense of Trump supporters?
Maybe Maxine Waters, the Democratic Congresswomen from California, can shed some light on it.
After all, she is the one who famously stated:
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere…I have no sympathy for members of the Trump administration. The people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the President, ‘No, I can’t hang with you.'”
Or perhaps we should ask Huffington Post’s Editor, Jesse Benn, who wrote:
“In the face of media, politicians, and GOP primary voters normalizing Trump as a presidential candidate—whatever your personal beliefs regarding violent resistance—there’s an inherent value in forestalling Trump’s normalization. Violent resistance accomplishes this. Violent resistance matters.
Benn went on to call for more than just mass disobedience… but also destruction of property.
Riots can lead to major change. Whether you would personally engage in violent conduct matters little to your ability to understand where it comes from. Some people have the privilege to consider the implications of Trump’s rise in the abstract and negotiate which means are necessary. That’s not true for everyone. And when those who hold that privilege dismiss the potential validity or logic of violent resistance, it’s effectively an effort to dictate the rules under which oppressed peoples respond to existential threats, and to silence forms of resistance disagreeable to privileged sensibilities.”
Violence should never be condoned or encouraged, much less celebrated. But that is exactly what we are seeing become even more prevalent these days. Violence against conservatives, especially those wearing MAGA hats or flying their Trump flags, his absolutely condoned, encouraged and celebrated.
Members of the political left, Hollywood and the main stream media are the ones condoning, encouraging and celebrating. The violence and the hatred need to stop.
Last month, a police officer submitted an article to Law Enforcement Today about how he was attacked while off duty and wearing his MAGA hat. This is his story.
I had just finished working my third double of the week. Most people would be complaining. But I’m going to be straight up with you, I was considering myself blessed.
Just three years ago, they didn’t think I’d ever be able to work as a police officer again. I took a bullet just below my vest. Doctors told me I might not walk again and I’d DEFINITELY never be a cop again.
I didn’t accept that. Policing was everything I’ve ever known. It’s how I provide for my family. There wasn’t a choice – I would overcome it.
And I did. So to be able to be back on the road earning that overtime for my family was a blessing.
We have four kids under the age of 14. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. And we don’t do handouts. We eat what we kill, and for my wife and I, that means you hunt down any work you can get.
I changed into my street clothes and stopped at Target on the way home. The wifey wanted me to pick up some cleaning supplies for the house.
Listen, we’re not particularly well off, if you didn’t already pick up on that. But we’re proud of what we have. This particular day, I was wearing a pair of gym shorts (what I love about the south while the rest of you are stuck in winter in March still) a Fallen Officers Thin Blue Line t-shirt, along with my MAGA hat.
I went into the store and was just wrapping up when it happened.
“Hey, buddy – how about you and your fascist hat get the f*#k out of here.”
Oh. Here we go. I turned around, half expecting to see a 20-something year old hipster with skinny jeans and a man bun.
(Above: Fusion’s Tim Pool shot video of the violent attack on Trump supporter.)
I didn’t. I saw a well-dressed, middle age couple with what looked like a 5-year-old girl with them.
I must have heard wrong. Surely I didn’t just hear a woman talk like that in front of a little girl.
“I’m sorry, what was that?” I asked.
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“Oh, so you’re deaf AND stupid I see,” responded the woman.
I was speechless. Literally speechless. I could feel my cheeks start to change color. My vision narrowed. I could see red and could feel myself entering into the tunnel.
Words… where were they? Where were my words?
“What the f&$% are you staring at?” the man asked me. “You going to gawk at my wife now? Get the f&$% out of here before you have a problem.”
(Above: Trump supporters were sucker punched and pelted with eggs.)
I’m not going to lie to those of you reading this. I have post-traumatic stress from the shooting. 95% of the time, I’m totally fine. But you put me in a fight or flight situation, and I prepare to fight. Everything else fades away. I become extremely singular since that shooting. I retain every detail… but only the detail of the threat in front of me. And when that man took two steps towards me, he was the threat.
But the little girl. God, that little girl. She looked sweet. And scared. And confused.
Frozen. I was still frozen.
Until dad reached up and tried to take my hat.
“We don’t need people like…” he began.
He didn’t finish the sentence. Once he reached for my head, my training kicked in. Before he realized what happened, he was up against the shelf. His arm was behind his back. I wasn’t applying pressure – simply holding him in place.
He, however, was letting how this high pitched shriek. Sort of like a dying cat.
(Above: A Trump supporter was surrounded in a skirmish with protesters in El Cajon, one of whom appeared to steal his “Make America Great Again” hat.)
When you’re in that tunnel, it’s funny the things you remember.
I remember the smell of his cologne. It smelled like something from a 80’s high school dance.
I remember the sounds of someone laughing a few aisles over. It sounded like a drunk giggle.
And I remember feeling the irony of wearing a MAGA hat while pushing this guy’s face against the shelf filled with bleach.
That’s when his wife started screaming at the top of her lungs.
“He’s assaulting my husband! Help! Help! My child is in danger! Please, someone help!”
(Above: Rally-goer describes the violence, speaks out against the San Jose mayor on ‘The Kelly File’)
Flash forward 30 minutes. The four of us are sitting in what appears to be an employee break room with the manager and two guys from the Sheriff’s office.
The woman was insisting that I attacked her husband out of the blue.
But as they say in sports – “let’s go to the tapes!”
“Well, ma’am, it appears that your story and what we see on this camera don’t line up,” she was told. “And if we’re going to charge ANYONE, it should be your husband.”
The couple looked completely indignant. Bewildered. After all, they had the RIGHT to not be exposed to the hatred, violence and bigotry of someone wearing a MAGA hat, they said.
(Above: After President Trump spoke, supporters were greeted by a mob of protestors outside the venue. One young woman tried to take on the protestors on her own and proudly showed off her Trump shirt. She was hit in the face with a watermelon and eggs. A local news reporter said the Trump supporters were “chased down like prey.” Protestors were filmed burning American flags and throwing eggs, punches and bottles at supporters.)
“Do you want to press charges?” they asked me.
Here’s what I want.
I want to be able to go into a store and buy laundry detergent and not worry about being attacked for who I voted for.
I want a country where we’re not so divided that a hat triggers people into a meltdown.
I want a society where parents teach their children love and respect, not that love and respect are attacking people you don’t believe in then screaming violence.
I want attacks on police officers to stop. Now let’s be clear, I’m not suggesting they knew I was a cop. But this culture of violence where the media glorifies shooting us only empowers a generation to believe that violence against those who you disagree with politically is acceptable.
(Above: An 81-year-old man was attacked in a New Jersey supermarket after someone confronted him about the “Make America Great Again” hat he was wearing, prosecutors say.)
I want people to be able to see past race, color, sex, black vs. blue, sexual orientation and MAGA hats. I want people to be able to find common ground and find love and not embrace hate.
I want to put on the TV and see something other than the media declaring that it’s Trump supporters who are hateful, because in my experience, it’s just the opposite.
I want my damn country back. I want it to stop being overrun by people who don’t belong here legally, and people who believe in welcoming them with open arms while attacking people who believe we need to secure our borders.
I want us to stop indoctrinating kids in hatred. I’ve seen it in my own kids’ schools – Trump is bad, Christians are bad, Conservatives are bad, but socialism is great.
I want people like these parents to face the very real threat of losing their children because they are teaching them the ways of hatred and violence over love.
And most of all, I want people to know that this is my damn hat, my damn country and if you mess with either, you’ll find yourself pinned against a wall making sounds like a dying cat.
“No, I don’t want to press charges. But an apology would be nice.”
It was such a simple request
“Well you can go f#$& yourself,” said the wife.
Well, aggravated assault and making a false statement to police sure is a bitch to fight in court… especially when it was caught on camera.