I guess this is the new normal. A group of high school kids went out for some food at Whataburger after midnight. One of them was wearing a red Make America Great Again hat. Video posted on Twitter, which has been viewed over 5 million times, shows a man taking the hat and throwing a drink in the kids’ faces.
The video begins in medias res with the man saying, “…supporting the President. You ain’t supporting s**t, n*****.” After some more cursing, he holds up the hat and adds, “This is going to look great in my f***ing fireplace, bitch.” Here’s the clip:
So went out for a 2am snack and my friend (wearing a MAGA hat) had his hat stolen and a drink thrown in his face (and mine, you can see my arms on the left of the video) pic.twitter.com/B3QjBFIxPk
— Brax🕊 (@brxpug) July 4, 2018
This happened at a Whataburger in Texas. News 4 San Antonio reports police are investigating:
In the video, you can see a man throw a drink in 16-year-old Hunter Richard’s face before leaving the restaurant with his hat. Hunter said some of his hair was pulled during the assault.
“I support my President and if you don’t let’s have a conversation about it instead of ripping my hat off. 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,” he said.
According to a now-deleted post by the mother of one of the other kids at the table, the man came over to the table unprovoked. However, KENS 5 News reports that another customer says he overheard the same teens making some racial comments before the attack took place.
A man who said he and his family witnessed an attack at the Whataburger at Thousand Oaks and Nacogdoches Wednesday evening claims that it may have been instigated by racist remarks…
The man who spoke to KENS 5 requested anonymity after he said his family was receiving death threats for speaking out about what they reportedly witnessed. He said he did not see the attack, but he did see an altercation inside of the Whataburger before deciding to leave with his family as things got heated.
He also claimed during the conversation another man in the restaurant asked the group of teens to stop making such comments. That’s when he said he cut dinner short and had his family leave the restaurant before things escalated.
The anonymous witness is getting death threats? How does that work exactly? More importantly, how do we know this witness isn’t the hat thief’s buddy making an excuse for him after the fact? KENS 5 says it wasn’t able to confirm his account and actually removed some quotes from the story. There is now a note at the top of the story which reads, “An earlier version of this story included quotes from the alleged witness. Those have been removed from this copy due to concerns about the legitimacy of the statements.”
Of course, I’m willing to grant it’s possible the teens did say something racist. Teens are dumb. They say all manner of things they know nothing about, including the ones who go to high schools in Parkland, Florida. If one of the Texas teens said something racist in public, I’d be all for confronting them without the gratuitous use of the f-word and the n-word. But assaulting and intimidating them (and stealing the hat) doesn’t really seem like the right response if the goal is to get them to rethink their own dumb comments. The answer to ignorance from teens isn’t threats and petty crime by adults.
And that’s really all speculation at this point anyway. Let’s wait and see what the police investigation determines about what actually happened just prior to the video. Maybe there’s more to it and maybe not. It’s not as if the far left really needs much of an excuse to behave badly these days.
Fox 5 is reporting that an investigation is underway and that a local San Antonio bar has announced it fired the man seen in the video:
Though he hasn’t been identified, the Rumble bar in San Antonio posted on its Facebook page that it has fired the man in the video, saying he was a part-time employee. “It came to our attention earlier this evening that a part-time employee was captured on cell phone video assaulting another person at a local eatery,” the Rumble bar in San Antonio posted on its Facebook page. “The assault took place, presumably, because this employee did not agree with the other individual’s political stance,” the post said.
“We have since terminated this employee, as his actions go against everything that this establishment stands for. THIS BAR IS A SAFE SPACE FOR EVERYONE! No matter your race, creed, ethnicity, sexual identity, and political stance, you are welcomed here!”
Things are pretty bad when a bar called “Rumble” is acting as the voice of reason.
Finally, there’s also a media angle on this already. Marc Lamont Hill who has been a commentator on Fox and CNN posted this reaction to someone offering their approval of what happens in the video:
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 5, 2018
He then tried to justify that a little:
I actually don’t advocate throwing drinks on people. Not at all. But yes, i think 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. https://t.co/ASlATau2PF
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 5, 2018
As you can see from the ratio, that’s not going over very well with a lot of people.
Here’s a local news report that includes an interview with the teen who was the victim of the attack: