A man in New York City has been violently assaulted by a group of teenagers for the crime of wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat.
Jahangir “John” Turan, an art gallery owner, purchased a MAGA hat Tuesday after visiting Trump Tower, according to Fox 5.
He told reporters that he was attacked by a group of about 15 “kids” on Canal Street and had his head smashed into a scaffold.
Dailycaller.com reports: The kids yelled “Fuck Trump” and began to stomp on him before smashing his head, he said. Turan fractured his cheek and has a swollen eye, and he is checking to see if there may be permanent damage to his eyesight.
Turan is a President Donald Trump supporter and told reporters that “it’s sad” a hat would cause someone to beat him up, according to Fox 5.
“I love President Trump,” Turan said according to Fox 5 NY. “I think he’s doing a great job. It’s sad to get beat up for wearing this hat. This is America.”
Turan held a press conference Thursday to ask that the NYPD find the people who attacked him.
There have been past reports of people being harassed and beaten up for wearing a MAGA hat. A Hispanic women said she was nearly assaulted by someone who took offense to the hat in April, and a legal American citizen from Togo alleged that he was attacked in April as well for sporting the gear.
The investigation is ongoing, Detective Denise Moroney, a Deputy Commissioner Public Information spokesperson, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.