Update On UC Riverside Student Who Snatched MAGA Hat Off Fellow Student
A University of California, Riverside student is pressing felony charges against another student after having a Make America Great Again hat snatched off his head.
Matthew Vitale was attending a meeting comprised of student organization leaders who were addressing the issues of hazing and sexual harassment when Edith Macias grabbed the red cap, featuring the Trump campaign slogan, and made off with it.
Vitale followed Macias as she made her way to the school’s student life office.
It was during this period that Macias launched into an obscenity-laced rant that could only be considered bizarre.
Two videos capturing the incident were uploaded to social media and quickly went viral.
In the first video, which is only about 20 seconds long, a group of students can be seen and Vitale is among them, wearing his bright red MAGA hat.
The hat is pulled off of his head, and a few seconds later, Macias can be seen quickly walking away with her stolen prize while looking over her shoulder.
In the second video, Vitale confronts the thief as she was making her way to the student life office. When she arrives at her destination, she loudly proclaims,
“Look at the kind of s**t he’s wearing. Look it.”
As she approaches the desk, she says,
“Hey, um… So this guy thought it would be a good idea to go into the conference wearing this f*****g hat.”
Vitale calmly explained that the hat was his because he had bought it, and that Macias had taken it from him.
The alleged thief responded with,
“Really? Look at the kind of s**t he’s wearing. You know what this represents? This represents genocide. Genocide of a bunch of people. And look at what he’s wearing in front of a group of people.”
Let’s just pause right here to state the definition of a genocide:
“The deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.”
It’s unclear how the idea of improving the United States, and making it great again is representative of a genocide, but social justice warriors are rarely questioned about their beliefs. Especially when they are on college campus safe spaces.
Vitale then reiterates the fact that the hat belongs to him, and told Macias that she cannot take things that legally belong to others. She responds with,
“Man, f**k your laws. All right?”
When Vitale explains that wearing the hat is protected by the freedom of speech, Macias responds with,
“Your f*****g freedom of speech is genocide, homeboy! Is that what you are trying to represent?”
The argument continued for several minutes before campus employees intervened and asked Macias to return the hat.
Macias then explodes,
“Oh my God, you’re going to keep letting him wear it? That just shows how the f**k UCR is and the education system. It’s geared to benefit white people, white people, not me.”
According to Fox News, Vitale refused to press charges, at first, after campus police informed him that it would only be a misdemeanor offense.
However, Macias then uploads a video of the incidence, labeling it “SnatchAHat,” and it quickly went viral.
Vitale was then advised that the crime could be elevated to a felony because Macias’ video demonstrated that she forcably removed Vitale’s hat. He is currently pressing charges against the alleged hat thief.
During an interview with Fox News Radio, Vitale explained that this was not about him seeking revenge or retaliating,
“This is me just trying to say: ‘Look, behavior like this is not tolerated in this country. There are individual rights and individual freedoms that we are granted as per the constitution, that everybody’s granted. It doesn’t matter what your beliefs are.’”
You can watch the “SnatchAHat” video below, but viewer discretion is advised because the entire video is loud and filled with obscenities:
Tell us what you think should happen to this hat thief.
Source: Fox News
Source: The Daily Mail