An immigrant from Togo, West Africa was allegedly beaten by two men for wearing the red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat as he walked through Germantown in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Two men were arrested for the alleged beating of Atsu Mable, and police say it started after the attackers asked Mable to remove the hat.
Mable told local TV station WJLA the men approached him, and began asking about his pro-Trump hat.
“They were asking me, ‘Hey bro, why did you put that hat on?’,” said Mable. “And I didn’t say anything, I just passed by.”
As he attempted to walk away, the men followed him before the alleged physical incident. Mable told them he was entitled to his own political views, and asked them to leave him alone.
At this point, Mable says the physical confrontation began.
“All of a sudden, I got a punch on my head. Boom!” Mable told local media, “They took my headphones and smashed it to the ground and tried to take my phone.”
He then attempted to defend himself, but was pushed to the ground and beaten before a bystander called police.
“I was falling back onto the ground, they were punching me on my head,” said Mable. “I thank God for that bystander that came by and called the police.”
The suspects fled the scene after hearing police sirens, but the police press release reveals that the two men, Jovan Crawford and Scott Duncan Roberson, were later arrested and charged with assault and robbery in connection to the attack.
While hard data is difficult to gather, there appears to have been a massive uptick in political violence against supporters of President Donald J. Trump in the last year.
Last week three prominent conservatives, Owen Shroyer, Brandon Straka, and Michael Knowles, were physically attacked for supporting President Trump within hours of each other.
In the last few months, a man was assaulted for wearing a Make America Great Again hat to a vigil, another man had his tire slashed after a woman saw his MAGA hat on the dashboard, a man was thrown out of a bar for wearing his hat in public, and a Massachusetts woman assaulted a man for wearing his in public.
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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