News & Politics

The Rise of the MAGAphobe

Man wears a hat with President President Donald Trump's campaign slogan (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Hate crimes are a rising problem — but not the hate crimes against minorities and gay people the media keeps insisting are true (but aren’t). The real hate crimes that keep happening on a regular basis are against MAGA supporters, and no matter how many times some elderly person is assaulted for simply wearing a hat, no one will call the perpetrators what they are: hate-filled MAGAphobes.

What else do you call people who hate other people for the clothes they wear and the ideas they hold? Not only are they haters, but they are proud of it, exhibiting no sympathy when innocent people get punched or assaulted. The MAGAphobes laugh instead. “That’s what Nazis get!” they scoff. “Punch a Nazi” is their rallying cry, even if it’s an old man buying groceries. Violence and mayhem are their answer to speech they don’t like.

These are the same people, I remind you, who think obscene T-shirts — in public where your five-year-old can read them — are just fine.

From Kathy Griffin’s collection

The news is awash in real hate crime stories that don’t get covered on the 24/7 channels, unlike the faked MAGA crime Jussie Smollett pulled on himself that got nonstop coverage. Here are just a few of the attacks that happened recently that no one is breathlessly reporting as “hate crimes,” although the attacks appear to be motivated by pure hatred.

This one is a real hoot. What are the chances that one of these MAGAphobes is also an illegal alien who then gets deported for her outburst? You can’t write this stuff. Truth really is better than fiction.

According to CBS News,

Prosecutors say an elderly man was assaulted inside a New Jersey supermarket after he was confronted over a “Make America Great Again” hat he was wearing.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson says the 81-year-old Franklin Township man was shopping at the Shop Rite on Elizabeth Avenue Monday afternoon when he was approached regarding his red cap.

The victim was assaulted and sustained minor injuries, according to prosecutors. He declined medical attention at the scene.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

S.E. Cupp is not waxing hysterical on Twitter over it. Neither are Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Rachel Maddow, and any of the other usual suspects. No one is castigating the MAGAphobes responsible for these hate crimes. But real people are being harmed because they wear the wrong hat. Where is the outrage about MAGAphobic behavior? Why are MAGAphobes exempt from the public ridicule heaped on “homophobes” or “xenophobes”? Perhaps we need to establish a new identity. I identify as MAGA. If you attack me, punch me, or otherwise shame me, you are a MAGAphobe.

In order to understand MAGAphobia better, I shall use the Wikipedia definition of “homophobia” but change a few words to make it relate to the phenomenon we are seeing all over the country. I am recommending that Webster pick up this new word — and my definition — immediately.

MAGAphobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward Trump supporters or people who are identified or perceived as being pro-America, pro-life, Christian, heterosexual, male, and/or white. It has been defined as contempt, prejudice, aversion, hatred or antipathy, may be based on irrational fear and is often related to leftist beliefs. MAGAphobia is observable in critical and hostile behavior such as discrimination (throwing people out of restaurants and denying service) and violence (unprovoked attacks either physical or verbal) on the basis of non-Democrat political orientations. Recognized types of MAGAphobia include institutionalized MAGAphobia, e.g. social media banning, and big tech-sponsored censorship, and internalized MAGAphobia, experienced by people who love Trump, but can’t tell anyone for fear of being abused. Negative attitudes toward identifiable MAGA groups (usually by the display of a red hat) have similar yet specific names: Christophobia is the intersection of MAGAphobia and Christian hatred directed against Christian MAGAs; ammophobia targets gun owners and hunters; deploraphobia targets MAGAs who refuse to conform to the prescribed political beliefs of the mass media; and MAGAmalephobia targets males specifically who are pro-Trump and is worse for those who are white (CrackaMAGAphobia).

MAGAphobia is treatable. People suffering from MAGAphobia need help and we should open a dialogue with them… after they’re put into handcuffs. Perhaps a judge should order them to wear MAGA hats everywhere they go until they stop being afraid of them. But one thing is certain: attacking people wearing MAGA hats is a hate crime and should be treated as such.