President Donald Trump's eldest son Thursday came to the defense of a Texas teen whose Make America Great Again hat was ripped off his head by a profanity-and-racist-spewing assailant who tossed a soda on the youth.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the act was "disgusting and a disgrace," and asserted: "No one should feel unsafe supporting their President Donald Trump or #MAGA agenda."
He also proposed a solution to the problem, tweeting "If someone can get me this young man's information I'll get him a new #maga hat SIGNED by #potus!!!”
Hunter Richard, 16, told News 4 San Antonio he was surprised at how the video of the attack against him at Whataburger in San Antonio went viral.
"I support my president, and if you don't, let's have a conversation about it, instead of ripping my hat off," Richard said. "I just think a conversation about politics is more productive for the entire whole rather than taking my hat and yelling subjective words to me.
"I didn't think it was going to generate the amount like what people are doing, I was looking at the comments by some people, and they are like, 'this is uncalled for' and other people are like mixed opinions, but I didn't think it would blow up to what it is now."
Meanwhile, the hat attacker, bartender Kino Jimenez, 30, was fired by his employer, Rumble San Antonio, which wrote about in a now-deleted Facebook message that Mediaite posted from a screen grab.
And the restaurant chain where the confrontation occurred released a statement saying it was "shocked" at the video, and no staffers "were involved or witnessed the incident," News 4 San Antonio reported.
Not all commentators were critical of Jimenez, however.
TMZ sports writer Van Lathan defend the attack, tweeting "Wish I could take the high road. But your MAGA hat reads like a swastika to me."
Lathan said the stance no longer makes him a "decent person."
And CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill tweeted "MAGA hats (deliberately) reflect a movement that conjures racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. So, yes, it's a little harder to feel sympathy when someone gets Coca Cola thrown on him."
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