CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill condoned an attack on a 16-year-old boy wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in a Thursday tweet.
On Tuesday night, a man in a San Antonio, Texas Whataburger stole a boy’s MAGA hat and then tossed his drink on the group of Trump-supporting teens.
“You ain’t supporting s*it, n******,” the man told the teens after he threw his drink on them. (RELATED: Random Stranger Takes Kid’s MAGA Hat, Then Tosses Drink On Him)
TMZ staffer Van Lathan seemed to defend the man’s behavior in a Thursday tweet, writing, “Wish I could take the high road. But your MAGA hat reads like a swastika to me.”
Wish I could take the high road. But your MAGA hat reads like a swastika to me. So ummm … hmmm. Yeah. Maybe I’m no longer a decent person. https://t.co/OWYodBRtxB
— VanLathan (@VanLathan) July 5, 2018
Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN commentator and professor at Temple University, responded to the tweet with three crying laughing emojis.
Lamont Hill claimed in a follow-up tweet on his own page that he doesn’t “advocate throwing drinks on people,” but still suggested that wearing a MAGA hat invites assault and that it’s hard to “feel sympathy” for the teen.
“Yes, i think MAGA hats (deliberately) reflect a movement that conjures racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc,” he asserted. “So yes, it’s a little harder to feel sympathy when someone gets Coca Cola thrown on him.”
I actually don’t advocate throwing drinks on people. Not at all. But yes, i think MAGA hats (deliberately) reflect a movement that conjures racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. So yes, it’s a little harder to feel sympathy when someone gets Coca Cola thrown on him. https://t.co/ASlATau2PF
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 5, 2018