Wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat is becoming a sign of bravery, especially in deeply liberal urban areas. Now one man who admitted to snatching and spitting on a teen boy’s MAGA hat is demanding that everyone else follow his lead.
According to the Daily Wire, 17-year-old Ashton Hess was standing on a sidewalk with his parents in downtown Seattle when 22-year-old Ethan Jackson — sporting lime green hair — knocked the iconic red “Make America Great Again” hat off Hess’ head. Hess said a woman then grabbed the hat and tossed it to Jackson, who spat on it and threw it into the roadway.
A video Hess took showed the rest:
“Do you see what it says?” demanded a young woman in purple hair.
“Yes, I know what it says,” Hess replies before calling out to Jackson, “Don’t take my hat. That’s my property, dude.”
“Take your racist [expletive] and get the [expletive] out of this city!” Jackson shouts back. “You’re not allowed [expletive].”
Jackson, who self-identifies as a “non-binary they/them,” admitted to the attack on Twitter, writing, “Just ripped a MAGA hat off some white kid and spit all over it n threw it in traffic n the whole time his mom n him just yelling “OMG THAT GUY TOOK MY HAT”and starting to tear up.”
He then demanded that everyone following his lead, writing, “If you DONT remove MAGA hats on sight ur pretty much complicit.”
He also accused Hess of being a racist: “The real threat of white nationalism in our country? Rich white 17 year olds with MAGA hats.”
And in another display of love and tolerance, Jackson explained that “Fighting hate with love doesn’t work when the hate is deeply engrained generationally from racist roots that start in the church and white power movements.”
He also added that “A piece of clothing can be inherently VIOLENT. A hat with a message that spreads intolerance for many marginalized groups is violent. As a trans person i know that trans people are mirdered at an exponential rate and have a life expectancy of 45 When I see the hat I am threatened.”
The incident was reminiscent of one last year where a black man in a car was filmed chewing out a young black man for wearing a MAGA hat. After accusing the black Trump supporter of betraying his people, he spits at him as he took off. Take a look:
Whoever dreamed a simple baseball cap with an uplifting message could spur so much hate in America?