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Students Demand College Protect, Pay Rent for Fellow Student Accused of Stealing MAGA Hat

Remember the woman who claimed her hijab was snatched right off her head? Do you remember how outraged progressives got over that? They were ready to say that every Trump supporter in the country was complicit in the hate crime.

So, how do you best stick to the principles you espoused right after the election? Oh, you allegedly steal someone’s MAGA hat, then call on the college to not only protect the student from prosecution but to also pay her rent. No, I’m not making that last part up.

From The College Fix:

UC Riverside student Matthew Vitale, who had his Make America Great Again hat taken from him by a fellow student, has decided to press criminal theft charges against her, he told The College Fix in an interview Monday.

Meanwhile, peers of the young Latina woman who swiped the hat, Edith Macias, have rallied to her defense, demanding the university protect her from any charges and even pay her rent in a “solidarity” document released Oct. 1.

A UC Riverside spokesman did not respond to a request for comment from The College Fix on Monday about the status of the police investigation or the solidarity statement, which called the MAGA hat “a symbol that has come to be associated with a violently anti-immigrant, white supremacist regime.”

The “Statement of Solidarity with Edith Macias” circulating within the campus community states in part that UC administration should “pay for alternate housing accommodations for Macias and their family while simultaneously covering their current housing costs in order to keep them safe from threats of harm.”

The demand cites Vitale’s viral video, saying Macias has been doxxed and threatened as a result. It also calls for administrators to “grant Macias amnesty and protection from any student or legal charges.”

In other words, “She’s on our side, so it’s all good and you need to make sure she never has to worry about anything.”

It’s also worth noting that Macias basically doxxed herself by posting the video on her own Facebook page.

It’s old news at this point that Facebook and companies like it don’t respect free speech. Some of y’all have noticed that the video I posted Thursday morning of my hat being stolen is no longer on my page. I never deleted it. Let’s see if Facebook respects it this time…

Posted by Matthew Lawrence Vitale on Monday, October 2, 2017

In other words, she outed herself. She posted this publicly on her own Facebook page. She’s bragging about it. In fact, she clearly illustrates that she did it to intimidate.

Wearing a Make America Great Again cap at UCR… Youre making the decision to intentionally hurt people. “Make America Great Again” coded “Continue the Genocide of POC”. You feel safe cuz you got the cops and politicians on your side. Youre not safe… just saying. We need to make racists scared. Issa movement y’all. #SnatchAHat #FuckTrump #ChataFlies #Share #FTP

But now she needs protection and support from the school for stealing something?

Cry. Me. A. River.