A college student in California who stole a “Make America Great Again” hat off of another student’s head faces up to a year in jail, according to a Tuesday report.
University of California, Riverside student Edith Macias is facing a misdemeanor charge of grand theft after stealing fellow student Matthew Vitale’s MAGA hat in September, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The College Fix.
“UCR is letting people wear this shit on campus?” asked Macias in a video of the incident. “Make American Great Again, really? There were lynchings and genocide and mass deportations.…I fucking hate this country.… And I am not leaving.…We need to get rid of all ya’ll.”
When Vitale asked for his hat back, she said “f*** your freedom of speech boy, your freedom of speech is literally killing a lot of people out there, your hats like these that promote laws and legislation that literally kill and murder people of color.”
Vitale noted his satisfaction with the district attorney’s charge, but expressed concern regarding the school’s response to the incident.
“If, as I suspect, UCR decided not to discipline [Macias] in some way this decision by the DA’s office shows two things: First, that UCR does not protect and shows no respect for speech that does not conform to their ideology,” said Vitale. “Second, that in this case UCR chose not to discipline a person who committed a crime on campus against another student.”
“I do want to send a message,” said the student to The College Fix. “I am not vindictive, I am not vengeful, but people especially in my generation need to realize you can’t do things like this because you don’t like what someone is saying or wearing.”
Macias’ court date is set for March 2018.
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