Laura Ingraham, best known for her Fox News Channel show the “Ingraham Angle,” said that MAGA hats represented “tolerance, kindness, and inclusiveness.”
The conservative TV and radio personality admitted during the show to be sorry about how wearing a MAGA hat has been considered a “hate crime.” MAGA refers to President Donald Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Ingraham said that the goal of those people was to brand a belief system as “immoral, evil, toxic,” and “racist,” and that they would call someone a “Nazi” or “Closet KKK member” and they are “done.”
After that, Ingraham discussed the Washington, DC rally and the Covington Catholic High School students, who she said they were guilty of standing their ground “with respect and grace” wearing their MAGA hats.
That incident took place in mid-January when Nicholas Sandmann appeared to have a stand-off with a Native American leader. Two Covington students, Grant and Sam, uploaded a clip only days later pointing out that they received bombing and shooting threats after that video went viral.
Ingraham considered that it showed nothing but intolerance and urged her audience to change the perception of the hat saying that she would continue to wear hers “whenever and wherever you like.”
“And when doing so, be sure to show everyone around you what true tolerance, kindness, and inclusiveness looks like.”
MAGA hats have indeed been related to some intolerant situations. Tommy Sotomayor has faced it firsthand. The YouTube personality, known as the “King of Controversy,” was at a Hooters restaurant wearing his red hat when a waitress walked up to him and asked if he was a Donald Trump supporter.
Tommy Sotomayor and Shay, the waitress, at a Hooters restaurant during the altercation | Source: YouTube/Tommy Sotomayor REBORN!
Once Sotomayor, who has multiple videos criticizing black women, admitted he was a Trump supporter, the waitress, only identified as Shay, allegedly got upset, flipped her hair, and walked away from him.
Tommy Sotomayor walking up to the manager to explain the incident at a Hooters restaurant | Source: YouTube/Tommy Sotomayor REBORN!
Sotomayor is considered by many as a problematic person; so much so that people created a petition asking for his content to be removed from YouTube. Almost 14,000 people have signed it, claiming that his videos are harmful and offensive to Black women.
Tommy Sotomayor talking with the manager of the Hooters restaurant | Source: YouTube/Tommy Sotomayor REBORN!
Apart from Sotomayor, a chef named J. Kenji Lopez, who works in the San Francisco Bay area, tweeted that he wouldn’t serve anyone wearing a MAGA hat. However, he deleted the tweet soon after.
Man wearing a MAGA hat | Photo: Getty Images
According to the chef, entering his restaurant wearing a MAGA hat would be the same as wearing a swastika, a white hood or any other symbol that represents hate and intolerance.
Not only that, but those accompanying customers sporting MAGA merchandise would also be denied service for feeling comfortable around people wearing such gear. Days later, Lopez apologized.
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