Mass. Woman Charged with Assault After Attacking MAGA Hat-Wearing Man in Bar
A Massachusetts woman has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct after attacking a man wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat in a bar last week, NECN News reported.
Police in Falmouth, Mass., were called to the Casa Vallarta bar at about 8 p.m. Friday after Rosiane Santos, 41, allegedly went on a drunken rampage, verbally assaulting and attacking a man who says he was minding his own business.
Bryton Turner said it was due to the MAGA hat he was wearing.
Turner recorded the incident with his phone saying, "Ignorant people like this. I'm just trying to sit here, eat a nice meal."
The video shows Santos walking up behind Turner and knocking the hat off his head.
"That's the problem with America these days. People are just ignorant. They want to lash out on people who are educated," Turner said in the video.
He said he wasn't going to press charges, but then she tried to grab his hat again in front of four police officers. "Not smart," he said. "There she is getting cuffed. Have a nice night in the cell, Rosie."
Police said when Santos was arrested, her eyes were "bloodshot and glassy". While walking her out of the bar, she allegedly hit Turner in the head.
While at the police station, Santos refused to get out of the police cruiser telling one officer, "What are you going to do if I don't?"
The Falmouth Police chief said the incident is yet another example of political anger officials have seen in the last few days.
According to court documents, Santos told police that the reason she did it was because he was a "motherf*cker* and supports President Donald Trump.
She told police that she'd had only three mojitos.
On Wednesday, Santos pleaded not guilty in Falmouth District Court to charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. She's scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing on March 20.
The Falmouth Police chief said the incident was just the latest example of political anger officials have seen in recent days.
On Saturday, a 14-year-old boy was reportedly verbally assaulted by a Vans store clerk in Overland Park, Kansas.
In another anti-MAGA event over the weekend, a man from Tennessee allegedly pulled a gun on a Sam's Club customer who was wearing the offending hat.
And on Tuesday, a young conservative activist was brutally assaulted on the UC Berkeley campus while he was recruiting for the conservative group Turning Point USA.
These altercations come on the heels of several high-profile incidents involving Trump supporters that were seized by the media to make the president's supporters look bad, including the demonization of the Covington Catholic High School boys after they were confronted by Native American activist Nathan Phillips in Washington, D.C., last month, and the Jessie Smollett hoax.