Ashton Hess has a simple question for the anti-Trump rent-a-mob: “Why the hell shouldn’t I be able to wear my Trump shirt?”
The 17-year-old from O’Fallon, Illinois was accosted last week by a pair of Trump-hating thugs during a family vacation to Seattle. He was targeted because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” ball cap.
“We were waiting for an Uber when I was hit in the head,” he said Monday during an interview on the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “My hat was knocked on the ground and picked up by the girl you see at the beginning of the video.”
The video shows Ashton being accosted by a purple-haired female and a green-haired man who identifies as non-binary.
“She threw the hat to the man with green hair and he took off,” Ashton told me. “He spat on it and threw it into the street.”
“Get the f*** out of this city,” one of the attackers screamed.
“Real mature. Real classy, dude,” Ashton replied.
The non-binary Trump-hater confessed to the crime on Twitter.
“Just ripped a MAGA hat off some white kid and spit all over it n threw it in traffic n the whole time his mom n him just yelling ‘OMG THAT GUY TOOK MY HAT’ and starting to tear up,” the individual wrote.
Ashton, who is active in conservative political causes, said teenage Trump supporters face quite a bit of bullying.
“Just going to school, you get a lot of dirty looks if you wear something like a Trump shirt or a GOP shirt. Everyone is just out to get you. It seems like it’s really just terrible, I can’t express what I believe. If someone wears an Obama hat or something along those lines, I don’t think they have to be scared of people giving them bad looks or assaulting them,” Hess said.