During his 2016 election bid, President Donald Trump made the slogan “Make America Great Again” famous. To his supporters, the catchy statement was one of hope and inspiration. Unfortunately, the left has doggedly and persistently portrayed it as a hate symbol, one representing racism and division.
Fake News outlets and Democratic politicians have been all too happy to push this deceptive message. As a result, both adults and kids who dare to show they stand with Trump are being unjustly called out and punished. Just this month, an enraged Florida school bus aide pulled a MAGA hat off of a student’s head.
According to WPTV, surveillance video on a Martin County school bus showed a bus aid screaming at 14-year-old Gunnar Johansson. She ordered Johansson to take off his MAGA hat before yanking it off his head. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is currently examining whether the bus aide acted criminally.
See the footage and WPTV’s coverage below:
Johansson revealed to WPTV that students were permitted to wear hats during the week of the incident if they contributed a donation to the March of Dimes. A Trump supporter, the student said he decided to wear his MAGA cap “to show my pride in Trump America.” But, mere seconds after Johansson boarded the school bus, the aid commanded him to take off his hat and put it in his backpack. The unidentified woman can be heard saying “Boy, if you don’t that hat off this bus… take it off” on the surveillance video.
The student told WPTV, “I was really confused, I was like ‘I can’t wear this?’ She, like, threatened me with a referral and threatened to turn the bus around. I said ‘write me up, I didn’t do anything wrong’, and then she yanked my hat off. It was crazy.”
For the remainder of the ride to school, Johansson wasn’t allowed to wear his hat. However, other students on the bus were still permitted to wear their caps.
Johansson’s mother, Jackie Putt, told WPTV that she got text messages from her son’s brother and other students concerning the unfortunate occurrence.
“I immediately went to the school,” Putt said. “I needed to know what my son just went through and what she did to my son.”
Putt said she believes the aide was politically motivated to act the way she did. The concerned mother talked with the Hidden Oaks Middle School’s principal. She also made her son write down everything he could remember about what happened on the school bus.
When she learned that she wouldn’t be allowed to see the video involving her son until after the school district closed its investigation, Putt filed a police report. Frank Frangella, Director of Safety and Security for the Martin County School District, remarked, “The district is aware of the family’s allegations. We’re taking it very seriously. We’re in the process of gathering all the facts right now.” Martin County Lieutenant Ryan Grimsdale is in charge of interviewing those involved in the episode and examining the video. He stated, “The crux of our investigation will be the interaction directly, physically with the child and how that panned out.”
WPTV reported that the school board doesn’t have a policy that keeps students from wearing political attire. Johansson told the television station that other students at his school were wearing MAGA on the day of the altercation. He also said he was permitted to wear his cap at school. Johansson’s mother informed WPTV that she is pleased with how her child dealt with the situation. She remarked, “We all have a right to who we want to vote for, this is America.” While the school district hasn’t revealed the status of the aide, Johansson told WPTV that she hasn’t been on the school bus since the event involving the hat.
If this incident was the only one of its kind, it would be alarming. Sadly, it isn’t. Last month, multiple MAGA hat incidents were reported. According to Fox News, a young man assaulted an 81-year-old man who was wearing a MAGA hat at a grocery store in New Jersey. Fox News also reported that a woman assaulted a man wearing a MAGA cap at a Mexican restaurant. In January of 2019, Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann came under siege when a video depicted him standing in close proximity to Nathan Phillips, a Native American man. Because Sandmann was wearing a MAGA hat, he and his peers were accused of intimating Phillips and starting an altercation.
Sadly, as long as liberals push their hateful rhetoric about Trump and those who support his efforts to “Make America Great Again,” these incidents will likely continue to occur.
~ Conservative Zone