There’s some sort of sickening reassurance I get when I see a new video of someone getting a “Make America Great Again” hat getting ripped off by some angry partisan. If I don’t run across one every week or so, I feel like I haven’t been paying enough attention to the news.
Either that, or the left actually started really believing that “love trumps hate.”
Alas, no such luck.
And, in our latest entrant in the thoroughly dispiriting hat-grabbing sweepstakes, a group of your standard-issue anti-Trump zealots managed to pick a group of North Korean defectors and South Koreans who risked their lives to help those stuck in wretchedness that prevails north of the DMZ.
According to The Washington Times, the video had originally been published by a rapper who goes by the sobriquet Bigalow Black, along with the caption “Not Around Here Pimp…Ain’t None Of That Make America Great Again S—.”
“In the now-viral video, one man is seen ripping the red hat off another man’s head and throwing it in the air. Another man then stomps on the hat and rips another hat off another man’s head,” The Times reported.
The tweet has since been deleted, but not because Mr. Black came to his senses.
Instead, conservative outlet PJ Media picked up the story.
Here’s the 15-second clip which will once again make you question your faith in the humanity of the left:
The lady in this video wearing a MAGA hat can clearly be heard saying “we’re from North Korea.” Sad to see the ambassadors these North Korean defectors were greeted by.
Please share this since MSM won’t.
— Tyler Zed (@realTylerZed) May 5, 2019
The clip, according to PJ Media, had been retweeted over 3.8 thousand times and liked over 7.9 thousand times from when it was posted on April 30 until it was deleted.
“The Asians wearing MAGA hats were not just tourists,” Wendy Wright, president of Christian Freedom International, told PJ Media.
“They are North Korean defectors and South Koreans who get rice, medicine, and Bibles into North Korea and North Korean defectors out.”
The group had been visiting the nation’s capital and decided to buy the hats in a souvenir shop.
“They were not hurt, but they said that may be because they did not fight back,” Wright said.
The group decided against calling police.
“They came from a totalitarian country that does not allow free speech or freedom of thought, and could not believe this assault on belief would take place in the U.S.,” Wright said.
“They were really shocked that this could happen and knew it was not random vandalism but it was an assault on free speech.”
Well, there still is free speech in this country. Let’s consider how each side used it.
First, I give you Bigalow Black, who was apparently responding to criticism over the incident when he posted to Twitter on Sunday:
Anybody who does the right thing will catch a lot of hell
— Bigalow Black (@3ohBlack) May 5, 2019
That’s not even an accurate quote, but that’s roughly the 752nd thing wrong with this tweet. This is a man who apparently believes “the right thing” is to celebrate other men grabbing hats from a group that included North Korean defectors — they can clearly be heard saying it in the video — and throwing them in the air and stomping those hats into the ground.
Shame they didn’t have any books these fine gentlemen could have burned.
Meanwhile, here’s one of the individuals in the group, who was interviewed by PJ Media:
“Two of us were North Korean defectors, who escaped for freedom,” the South Korean said.
“They had to save up money for a long time to come. We thought America is a democracy. But we had no freedom to wear a hat? We came here to speak out about human rights abuses. And we had no right to wear a hat?
“We thank Trump. The sanctions are working. The North Korean regime should be collapsed.”
I doubt anyone here would disagree with that last sentiment, although one might guess the hat-snatchers may not get the irony involving the freedom of speech.
Either way, love still doesn’t trump hate and the MAGA hat-snatch remains one of the most popular forms of leftist speech-policing out there, no matter how illegal it may be.
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