A New York City art gallery owner says he was assaulted by a group of teenagers because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Jahangir Turan, 42, told officials that he was in SoHo around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck in the head from behind, ABC 7 in New York reported. He refused to receive medical attention.
Turan also said that the teenagers yelled “(expletive) Trump” before attacking him. He spoke at a news conference on Thursday, wearing the hat and appearing with bruises and swelling on his face. He said 15 to 18 people were involved in the attack.
“One girl flipped my hat, and within five to eight seconds, I got pushed from the back of my face, and my face hit the scaffolding pole. I got startled, I walked away,” he said.
Turan said he called the police, but is upset that they have not made any arrests.
“It’s kind of ridiculous to get beat up like this for wearing a hat,” he said.
Turan said he bought the hat at Trump Tower that day, but now plans to keep it at home, believing that “it’s dangerous to wear a hat like this in New York City.”
Source: USA Today