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Man Wearing MAGA Hat Faces Hate Crime Charges After Pushing Immigrant Onto Subway Tracks


Man Wearing MAGA Hat Faces Hate Crime Charges After Pushing Immigrant Onto Subway Tracks

A man wearing President Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hat has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly pushing an immigrant onto the subway tracks in New York City after accusing Mexican Americans of taking his job and bringing drugs to the United States.

The suspect, William Ames, made derogatory remarks about Mexican Americans and got into a verbal argument with two men at the Union Square subway station, BuzzFeed News reported.

“I don’t know why he targeted me. He started yelling that I was there to take his job and that we bring drugs here,” the victim, identified by the press as Luis Lopez, told The New York Daily News.

According to Buzzfeed:

According to the indictment, Ames dragged one of the men off the train by his clothing and struck him three times on the station platform. Ames then knocked the 26-year-old man onto the subway tracks.

The victim’s friend was able to help him back onto the subway platform.

Ames reportedly fled the scene by jumping onto another train after the incident but was later identified by surveillance video, according to the police.

Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance announced Wednesday that Ames had been charged with attempted assault in the first and third degrees as hate crimes, assault in the second and third degrees as hate crimes, and aggravated harassment.

“This defendant’s attacks on two New Yorkers were attacks on all New Yorkers, as alleged in the indictment,” Vance said in a statement obtained by BuzzFeed News.

“Willie Ames is charged with selectively ambushing two young men on their way home from work for no other reason than their perceived nationality.”

Vance also noted that the First Amendment allows “bigots to spew hateful, fearful, anti-immigrant rhetoric on television and Twitter” but doesn’t allow acts of violence.


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