Former University of Florida linebacker Daniel Weldon is no stranger to politics, according to the Washington Examiner. In fact, he’s even the chairman of the Florida Federation of College Republicans.
But he didn’t expect to be attacked by a group of people simply for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, especially on Independence Day.
According to his Facebook account, Weldon claims he was at a Pita Pit restaurant on July 4 just outside the University of Florida campus in Gainesville when a group of people started yelling at him for wearing a MAGA hat and pin in support of President Trump.
“They were calling me names and saying how awful of a person I was,” he wrote. “The 4 or 5 girls start pushing me and punching.”
As a former linebacker, he said he didn’t feel too threatened by them, but he did get upset when they yanked his hat and pin off of him.
“The dudes they were with actually ended up de-escalating the situation after the girls got violent and pulled them outside,” Weldon wrote, adding that he spoke to a police officer about the incident and was told it “wasn’t the first time this happened at the University of Florida.”
“Some libs are violent and will lash out on Conservatives at this school,” he added. “They didn’t know me but what I wore made them so angry that they attacked me.”
Weldon told The College Fix that he didn’t fight back against the girls because “My mamma raised me right, I am not going to touch a girl.”
He was encouraged to file a police report with the Gainesville Police Department in order to help prevent similar instances from happening to people who aren’t as easily able to defend themselves from physical attacks.
“We are getting to the point where you have to stand up for what you believe,” he concluded. “Some people may think it’s not a big deal, but you can’t go around trying to silence people for their beliefs.”
Weldon was praised for his actions on Facebook.
“Sorry that happened to you and good for you for handling it with class and civility, something that seems to be Lacking in the Democratic Party,” commented University of Miami student Buddy Castano.
“I’m sorry, Danny, that you had to experience what you went through,” added Kathy Del Toro. “Life isn’t easy, but you showed true character and took the higher road. I’m proud of you!!! ❤️
Weldon is also a correspondent for the conservative college watchdog group Campus Reform.