The New York man who says he was viciously beaten by a group of thugs last month for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, received a new MAGA hat from President Trump this week, along with a letter wishing him a speedy recovery.
Man who says he was attacked in Chinatown by a group of youths for wearing a MAGA hat got a care package from @realDonaldTrump today, and a phone call from @EricTrump and @LaraLeaTrump; @EmaJ85 reports: https://t.co/Z4f4XbnNxC pic.twitter.com/avVkjQdV3K
— 1010 WINS (@1010WINS) August 8, 2019
Jahangir “John” Turan, the owner of a New York City art gallery, said he was “jumped” in Manhattan on July 31 by a group of about 15 teens who yelled obscenities like “f— Trump” while slamming his head against a post and stomping on him. He reportedly suffered a broken eye socket.
Turan told 1010 WINS Radio that he received a FedEx box Thursday with the hat signed by the president and a letter from the Trump/Pence 2020 campaign slamming the alleged assault as “unwarranted, disturbing and gruesome.”
“Any physical assault on any person expressing their First Amendment Rights is completely unacceptable, and we were deeply disturbed to hear of this senseless act,” the letter reads. “President Trump and Vice President Pence work every day to improve the lives of ALL Americans — regardless of who they voted for,” it continues. “The violent and criminal act against you and your political beliefs was wrong. As you recover, be reminded of the fact that millions of Americans have you in their thoughts.”
“I was shocked, I was in awe, I couldn’t believe they sent me something like this,” Turan told 1010 WINS. “I opened it up and it was a letter from the campaign stating that they support what I’m doing and what happened to me was not right and as gratitude, the president sent me a signed MAGA hat.”
On top of that, he also received a call from the president’s son, Eric, and his wife Lara a few hours later.
“They wanted to tell me how sorry they were for what happened to me,” Turan said. “They thanked me for supporting President Trump and if there was anything they could to help me out, they would. And he also wanted to invite me out to the next big event … His exact words were, ‘when the big guy is back in town…'”
There have not yet been any arrests in connection with the assault.
Turan told the media in a press conference last week that he would have to think twice before wearing his MAGA hat in public again.
“No one should get beaten the way I did for who they believe in or who they support,” he told 1010 WINS. “I’m not trying to politicize it. If you like a Democrat candidate or if you like President Trump, you should walk around freely in the United States and not get beaten down.”