A man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was reportedly beaten for his political views, ironically, by a stranger accusing him of being a Nazi.
According to local NBC affiliate KVOA, Jonathan Sparks says he was attacked from behind while wearing a MAGA hat and holding up a pro-Republican voting sign before the midterm election in Tuscon, Ariz.
“I felt a very strong grasp on my hat. It pulled me back and grabbed a lot of hair,” He recounted. “The assailant jumped onto my ankle from behind and so not knowing my ankle was broken into four pieces, I turned around to grab and take the hat back. My hands latched onto the hat.”
And then the assault escalated.
As the two fell to the ground, the attacker hit Sparks again and again, making it clear that he was beating him for his political beliefs.
“I heard the words 'Hitler,' 'Nazi' and 'Trump.' He was shouting things like that,” Sparks described. “He came over the top of me and over and over again, he hit me.”
That’s when other people on the street jumped in to save him. Bystanders pulled the attacker off Sparks and held him down until police arrived. According to Fox News, Tuscon police arrested 42-year-old Daniel Zaroes Brito.
“I was making a statement that I personally believe that Donald Trump is a fantastic President of the United States, and I think to those ideologies is what was the flame,” Sparks said.
One of the signs he was holding read: “Jobs not mobs. Vote Republican this Tuesday.”
He pointed out, too, how little mainstream media the assault is getting compared to other ones because he wasn’t carrying an anti-Trump sign or “a rainbow sign, or I was a black guy which then, I think there would be a sea of reporters here.”
But the brutal, out-of-the-blue attack didn’t cause Sparks to lose his faith in humanity. In fact, it helped restore it because of how other people reacted.
“I was attacked with vengeance by an evil man, but you know what I learned? You know what God taught me through the whole thing? How wonderful Tucson is. There were people who pulled him off, paramedics who stayed with me there is a police officer that protected me,” he concluded.
Watch the news report on the incident below:
In another attack involving a MAGA hat, 30-year-old Kino Jimenez of San Antonio, Texas has been accused of snatching a teenager's MAGA hat, throwing a drink in his face, and calling him a racial slur. It was all caught on camera.
Jimenez appeared in court last month to go through the preliminary stages of his court proceedings, according to local CBS affiliate KENS5.