Two Maryland men have been charged with assault and robbery after attacking a man who was wearing a red Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat.
Atsu Nable, a legal immigrant from Togo, was reportedly out enjoying the spring weather in Germantown, MD., when the suspects approached him and started harassing him about his MAGA hat.
According to a Montgomery County Police Department press release, Nable said he told them that he is entitled to his views and walked away.
But the suspects then began striking the victim and telling him to take the hat off. He told FOX5 he was “shocked” when one of the assailants hit him from behind.
Nable continued to be assaulted by the suspects until he fell to the ground, according to the press release.
“I was like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ They said, ‘No, the hat,’ and they started punching me on my head.” Nable told FOX5.
The thugs then tried to steal his phone, took some of his other belongings, and destroyed several items of value.
Witnesses called 911 and Montgomery County police officers canvassed the area, Fox5 reported.
They found the two suspects “at a nearby basketball court attempting to hide among the children playing.”
Nable told ABC7 that he forgives his attackers, “but hopes they become more tolerant of opposing viewpoints.”
The men charged are Jovan Crawford, 27, and Scott Duncan Robertson, 25. Both are charged with second degree assault, robbery, attempted theft, conspiracy to commit robbery and malicious destruction of property. They could face up to 10 years in prison on those charges.
MORE: MoCo 🚔 have arrested 27yo Jovan Crawford of Gaithersburg, Md. and 25yo Scott Roberson of NW DC for the politically motivated assault. They each face 10+ years in prison.
The victim says he forgives his attackers, but hopes they become more tolerant of opposing viewpoints. pic.twitter.com/gYA0zKt0nF
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) April 15, 2019
The assault was the fourth MAGA attack this month, and just the latest in a disturbing series of attacks against Trump supporters in recent weeks, as reported here at PJ Media:
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Germantown was in Virginia instead of Maryland.