February 28, 2019

Teen Arrested for Allegedly Beating up an 81-Year-Old for Wearing a 'MAGA' Hat

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A teenage boy has transferred his aggression and dislike for the President Donald Trump on an elderly man who was wearing the MAGA hat. "Make America Great Again" is the slogan and the campaign banter used by US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign.

The slogan which has similitude to "Let's Make America Great Again" used by Ronald Reagan in his successful 1980 presidential campaign is however not believed and liked by all. Ryan M. Salvagno, 19, has wrongly shown his displeasure with this slogan by attacking an 81-year-old man in a supermarket in New Jersey.

Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States and the 33rd Governor of California | Photo: Getty Images


The incident which took place at ShopRite of Somerset on Elizabeth Avenue on Monday, February 25, left the man injured after he was launched at by the young man. Somerset County Prosecutors allege that before the attack, he talked to the man in the hat about his ill feelings towards it.

The "Make America Great Again" hat | Photo: YouTube/News Live Now


This confrontation led to arguments, and as the Franklin Township resident tried to walk away with his purchased items, the teenager dragged him by the hat, and this led to struggles.

The 19-year-old then grabbed the elderly by the arm, threw him to the ground, scattered his groceries and showed his displeasure for the hat by tossing it away.


The man, who sustained some minor injuries due to the attack, refused to be treated at the scene but left with bruises. The suspect received charges of assault and harassment due to his actions.

He was charged to court and is set to appear on March 14. This show of aggression is similar to the display by Rosiane Santos who was detained by "Immigration,and Customs Enforcement" after an aggressive display of her dislike for the "Make America Great Again" slogan by Trump.

The 41-year-old got upset seeing a man putting on the hat in a Mexican restaurant, and this prompted her to assault the man.

She was arrested following the incident and this only exposed her status of being an illegal immigrant from Brazil who has stayed beyond her stint of a 1994 tourist visa.


The charges against her were disorderly conduct, assault, and battery. Her victim, 23-year-old Bryton Turner of Mashpee, made a video recording of the incident on his phone which he used as evidence against her when the ICE intervened.