Most Americans and many people throughout the world know that Mr. Trump’s motto throughout his presidential campaign and presidency has been “Make America Great Again.” However, many people shudder to see the sight of #MAGA paraphernalia especially New Yorkers. Last March, New York Post reporter Dean Balsamini wore a MAGA hat around the Big Apple to see what would happen.
Balsamini said that it was as if he wore a Red Sox hat in Yankee Stadium. He almost caused a riot around the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street when at first sight of his hat, a woman yelled:
‘You come into a gay bar — THIS gay bar — with THAT hat!’
He was also told by others he encountered “Take off that stupid f—ing hat!”and “I’m surprised nobody’s knocked that hat off your head!” He even ran into comedian Chris Rock who he asked to pose for a selfie with him. Rock raised his palm and continued walking.
It is not so surprising that on Friday, it was reported that a Danish tourist had the same experience in New York City, only the scene was a bit more serious. According to the New York Post:
‘A Danish tourist on a school trip was robbed at knifepoint by two thugs who snatched his “Make America Great Again” cap — and threatened him when he tried to get it back, authorities said.’
Jannich Andersen, an 18 year-old, was attempting to jump on the Subway in Union Square at 5:40 p.m. when he was confronted by one of the two robbers. Andersen said via Facebook message:
‘He asked if I knew what it symbolized, and said I couldn’t leave with the hat. He was clearly offended.’
The guy then swiped the cap off Andersen’s head. The tourist got it back but it was soon in the hands of the robber again. Andersen said:
‘I tried to walk away, and then he followed me and grabbed it again, and we just [stood] there both holding the hat. Then one of my friends told me one of the [robber’s] friends had a knife.’
Andersen went on:
‘I began to shake, and as I heard the word knife I let the hat go.’
The tourist says he bought the hat in New York but never thought extreme things like that would happen. Andersen said:
‘I bought it for my dad as a joke. I don’t know why I decided to wear it. I didn’t think some people would take it so far to [try to] stab a tourist over a hat.’
It was the Danish tourist’s first time visiting the city and he said that he would like to return:
‘but not with that headwear ever again.’
According to the New York Post:
‘Police released a sketch of one of the suspects, who was described as being an almost bald, 6-foot-tall white man in his 20s or 30s, with light facial hair.
‘He was last seen wearing a tan or brown jacket, dark pants and a baseball cap.
‘The second suspect was described only as a male white.’
Here are some comments from Twitter:
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