The MAGA hat is nothing more than the new KKK hood, and Trump’s rabid fanbase is determined to prove that they’re just as violent. In San Francisco, a man dressed as a pirate, wearing a MAGA hat, and stumbling around yelling homophobic slurs unsurprisingly ended up in a confrontation with another man, during which he pulled out a sword and partially severed his hand.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 6, 2019
30-year-old Leor Bergland of San Francisco was reportedly standing outside the Church of Eight Wheels, a former church converted into a skating rink, reportedly yelling homophobic slurs and stumbling in a pirate costume and a MAGA hat, when a 27-year-old Berkeley, California resident came by. The younger man knocked Bergland’s MAGA hat from his head during the altercation, at which point Bergland pulled out a sword and sliced the man’s hand.
The New York Post reports that:
‘A 27-year-old Berkeley, California, resident and Bergland encountered each other outside of the popular Church of 8 Wheels, a roller-skating rink inside an old church in San Francisco’s Fillmore district, police said.
‘Bergland drew a sword and slashed the victim’s hand after the victim knocked Bergland’s hat bearing President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan to the ground, police said.’
One witness, Scott Sweeney, told police that Bergland had been spoiling for a fight, yelling bigoted comments at passers-by. He also told reporters that the man had been acting strangely, stumbling and unsteady, when Sweeney encountered him.
‘Scott Sweeney told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was in the same neighborhood about 30 minutes before the incident and saw a man with a MAGA hat and a sword tucked into the back of his jacket.
‘The man, Sweeney said, was shouting homophobic slurs at him. “In my mind I didn’t think it was a real sword until we came out later and police were on the scene and there was blood and the hat on ground,” he said.’
This was a far-right terrorist attack. Media should report it accordingly. https://t.co/s8M1zGa0Tk
— Juha Remes (@jremes84) April 2, 2019
Bergland was arrested by police and charged with attempted murder, as well as numerous other charges. David Miles, owner of the Church of Eight Wheels, said that the attack appeared to have been vicious.
‘I was standing in the church and someone came running in saying someone was hurt. I ran outside and saw the guy, and he was bleeding. I mean, gushing so much you wouldn’t believe. In the process, they’re telling me what happened to him. We tried to stop the bleeding. The ambulance came, and they took him to the hospital.’
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