The MAGA Hat – For Some, a Red Badge of Courage
That. Red. Cap. Ever since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination and began wearing his signature red ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball cap, liberals, white and black, have been acting out in an astonishing way. They’re literally insane about it, to the point where not only are otherwise intelligent ‘rational’ people on tv saying they’re ‘triggered’ by that hat, but they’re committing violence at the sight of it. Over a baseball cap.
Though not all, many of the attacks on MAGA hat wearers have been on ‘skinny white boys’, usually either by bigger white guys (or women), or by black or hispanic guys (or women), with the unfortunate but seemingly correct assumption that they won’t fight back. Most people recall the video of the bigger hispanic guy pulling some younger white kids’ MAGA hat off and throwing soda at him, but there are multiple examples on YouTube of people getting harassed and often beaten up for wearing it. You’ve probably also seen the video of Hayden Williams of Turning Point, USA getting punched in the face in Berkley, which inspired President Trump to bring him on stage at CPAC and to issue an Executive Order demanding Free Speech on campus.
What is more rarely seen but not non-existent, are the cases of black Trump supporters getting attacked, verbally or physically, while wearing the MAGA hat, perhaps because it’s assumed they will fight back. There have only been a few cases that have gone public, maybe because the hat creates such a stir and black people may not want to deal with the hassle so they don’t wear it in public in the first place. Of these incidences I know about, most don’t include actual physical violence. There was the case a year or so ago, of a black Trump supporter who had racial slurs said to him, by both white and black employees, of Cheesecake Factory while trying to enjoy his meal on Mother’s Day – himself a child of Haitian immigrants no less; and another was a white guy harassing a black guy and ultimately slapping the MAGA hat off his head at Starbucks. The video cut off there and I don’t know what happened after that.
Recently however, there was a situation where two black Americans beating up a MAGA hat wearing African immigrant from Togo, Atsu Mable. According to Mable, as he was taking a walk outside of his apartment complex while wearing his MAGA hat, three men approached him, made rude comments and tried to get him to take it off. “They were asking me, ‘Hey bro, why did you put that hat on?’ And I didn’t say anything, I just passed by.” He ignored them and kept walking, but then two of the three men began to punch him in the head and upper body. “All of a sudden, I got a punch on my head. Boom!” Mable said. “They took my headphones and smashed it to the ground and tried to take my phone.” He fought back while a bystander called 911. “I was falling back onto the ground,” Mable said. “They were punching me on my head. Suddenly I thank God for that bystander that came by and called the police.” Authorities have charged the assailants with robbery, second-degree assault, attempted theft and destruction of property. Each faces more than 10 years in prison.
Mable said that though formerly Independent, he was with Trump from the beginning, changing his voter registration to Republican and even attended a rally in Loudoun County, Virginia, where he proudly wore his MAGA hat and purchased a blue Trump flag. “I like everything that he does. Like, I came here legally,” Mable said. “Why can’t all people come here legally then? I went through the right process, the proper channels and I’m here, so why can’t they do the same thing?’ He says that while wearing his MAGA people have cursed at him and shot him the middle finger but that this was the first time he’d experienced violence because of it. While he says he forgives his attackers, he’s not going to stop wearing his MAGA hats in public, and that “They felt like a black man should not be wearing a Trump hat because it’s like when you are black, you have to be a Democrat,” said Mable, who still has a cut on his nose and pain in his jaw, “I’ll wear it again. The movement is still going on, Trump is still in power and in 2020 we will win again.”
Black conservatives, and in particular Trump supporters, take more heat and abuse than any other group in America. They’re often ostracized from the black community and in addition to slurs from their own people, white liberals somehow feel justified in saying the most atrocious things to them.
It’s courageous for anyone to wear a MAGA hat these days, but to say that it’s courageous for a black person to wear one is about as big an understatement as you can get. What I wonder about though, is where are the black people to stand up for an actual ‘African’ American who gets assaulted for wearing a simple baseball cap? Is it now ok to beat people up just because you don’t agree with them? Are Trump-supporting immigrants not welcome or valuable according to the ‘we welcome immigrants’ open borders crowd? Is racism ok as long as it’s someone you oppose politically? Does the ‘I Am a Man’ Civil Rights motto only apply to some, but not all?
It’s been a long road to now from the time Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, and it will be longer still to the 2020 election, likely fraught with more such incidences of ‘justifiable’ (according to the Left) violence against Trump supporters, including, it appears, black Trump supporters. I hope and pray it will just piss black people off and nudge them to a rebellion of wanting to wear the hat to show that they can. And I hope they will recognize the reality of the Left which is that they are NOT ‘tolerant’ anti-fascist anti-racist ‘social justice warriors’, but are in fact some of the most racist, least tolerant totalitarians in the country. It’s interesting how the Left who talks incessantly about and points fingers at others for their supposed ‘hate’, sure do practice a lot of it themselves.
Conform or get destroyed. Wear a MAGA hat and get beaten up. Cross us and you’ll pay.
This is how they operate, and for too long the ‘leave me alone’ conservatives haven’t fought back, in part because the ‘leadership’ in our governing bodies doesn’t ‘have their back’. Not anymore though. An Awakening is happening, from #WalkAway to Blexit and beyond, people are seeing the truth and fighting back. Trump fights back and has our back, and we fight back, and for anyone who has the courage to ‘go MAGA’ in public, we’ll have theirs too, for we’re fed up and not going to take it anymore.
We are Americans and have the right to think, believe, say, and support who we want, and that goes for all Americans of all races and creeds. So wear your MAGA hat proudly Deplorables, as a Red Badge of Courage, and let’s work as #PatriotsUnited to save America.