Black immigrant punched in head in Maryland for wearing MAGA hat
April 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A Maryland accountant who immigrated to the United States was assaulted last weekend by two black men who said his support of President Donald Trump made him a traitor to his race, in an incident whose full details are being downplayed in national mainstream media.
While out for a post-dinner stroll Saturday evening, Atsu Mable of Germantown found himself confronted by three men outside his apartment who took issue with his “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) cap, WJLA reports.
“They were asking me, ‘Hey bro, why did you put that hat on?’ And I didn’t say anything, I just passed by,” said Mable, a U.S. citizen and Catholic who immigrated legally from Togo, West Africa in 2007. As he tried to pass them, two of the men became physical. “All of a sudden, I got a punch on my head. Boom!" he added. “They took my headphones and smashed it to the ground and tried to take my phone.”
A witness called the police, who quickly arrived on the scene and spared Mable from more serious injuries beyond jaw pain and a laceration on his nose. “I was falling back onto the ground," Mable said. "They were punching me on my head. Suddenly I thank God for that bystander that came by and called the police.”
The assailants, later identified as Jovan Crawford and Scott Roberson, ran away but were soon caught hiding in a group of kids playing basketball. The Germantown Pulse adds that they both face charges of second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit robbery, and attempted theft, with Crawford facing an additional charge of malicious destruction of property.
“They felt like a black man should not be wearing a Trump hat because it’s like when you are black, you have to be a Democrat," Mable said, explaining that he forgives them but hopes they grow more tolerant of differing views in the future.
While the mainstream media routinely accuses conservative rhetoric of inciting violence (and recently gave heavy coverage to Democrat claims that Republican criticism of comments by Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar endangers her life), the past year has seen numerous incidents of left-wing violence or intimidation against Republican lawmakers, conservative media figures, and private citizens wearing MAGA hats such as the Covington boys.
The Washington Post covered the story as well, but omitted Mable’s race or immigration history. “How in the world is this act of political thuggery not viewed as something that connects to that larger narrative?” Hot Air’s John Sexton asked. “The answer is obvious and it gives away the whole game. Democrats (and the media) don’t really care about incitement or political violence unless the victim is on their side.”
For his part, the experience hasn’t dissuaded Mable, a political independent inspired by Trump’s campaign to register as a Republican, from continuing to display his support for the president.
“He is all about the nation. What's wrong with that?" he asked. “I’ll wear it again. The movement is still going on, Trump is still in power and in 2020 we will win again.”