In 2007 Atsu Nable emigrated from West Africa and became an American citizen, he has supported the Republican Party since he moved to the U.S., and became a huge fan of President Trump when he announced his presidential campaign.
Nable told WTTG-TV that he was recently walking down the street in in Germantown, Maryland when two men – identified as 27-year-old Jovan Crawford and 25-year-old Scott Duncan Roberson – approached him and began berating him for wearing his beloved MAGA hat. He added that one of the suspects hit him from behind.
“I was like, ‘Why are you doing that?’ You know? We don’t have to do this,” Nable explained. He said the two men responded by telling him that the hat is “not any good.”
“And then they started punching me on my head,” Nable added. Unafraid, Nable said he told the two men that he was permitted to have his own opinions and express them however he sees fit. Nable said he attempted to walk away from the suspects but that they wouldn’t let up on him until he fell to the ground.
Nable said that in addition to verbally assaulting him, following him, and striking him, they also destroyed his headphones and attempted to steal his cell phone.
Eyewitnesses to the attack phoned the police. Two officers eventually found and arrested the suspects at a nearby basketball court attempting to hide.
WJZ-TV reported that authorities charged Crawford with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, attempt theft $100 to under $1,500, second-degree assault, and malicious destruction of property with a value less than $1,000.
Authorities charged Roberson with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, attempt theft $100 to under $1,500, and second-degree assault.
Despite the attack, Nable remains firm in his beliefs, and told WJZ-TV that he attended president Trump’s campaign events and offered to help when the president was inaugurated in Jan. 2017. He said that he wears his MAGA hat all the time.
“I came [to the U.S.] for freedom,” he told WTTG.
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