A New York City art gallery owner says he was viciously beaten in Manhattan by a large group of teens for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Jahangir “John” Turan, 42, says it happened Tuesday evening on Canal Street. He was wearing the MAGA hat that he had purchased earlier in the day at Trump Tower.
“I love President Trump. I think he’s doing a great job,” Turan said.
He says the group of about 15 “kids” yelled “F*** Trump” and stomped on him. One of them smashed his head into a scaffold. Turan says he suffered a fracture in his cheek and a badly swollen eye. He’s awaiting an eye specialist to determine if there is any permanent damage to his sight.
“They were saying ‘Why are you wearing that?’ One girl flipped the hat off my head, and I tried to grab it. Then they came after me. One guy grabbed me from behind and slammed my head against a metal post,” the New York Daily News reported.
Turan said the hat was an impulse buy at Trump Tower in Manhattan shortly before the attack. He was heading to dinner with a friend in Chinatown when he was jumped, according to the Daily News.
Turan held a Thursday afternoon news conference to demand that the NYPD find those responsible for the attack.
As for wearing the hat again in New York City, he says he’ll think twice before doing it again.
“It’s sad to get beat up for wearing this hat. This is America,” Turan said.
No arrests have been made because Turan was unable to identify his attackers, FOX 5 reported. But Police are currently investigating the hate crime.
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