Ever since Donald Trump won the presidential election on November 8, leftists have been sharing stories on social media of alleged attacks perpetrated by his supporters. Racial minorities, religious minorities, and members of the LGBT community have all supposedly suffered at the hands of violent bigots emboldened by Trump's victory.
While several of these stories appear to be true, including that of filmmaker Chris Ball getting beaten up in an alley, some have turned out to be hoaxes, or misinterpretations.
A female Muslim student at the University of Louisiana alleged she was attacked by two men wearing Trump hats. She claimed they stole her hijab and wallet. It was later revealed that she had made the story up. A Nazi flag flying above a San Francisco home was actually in protest of Trump's victory. A grainy photo allegedly showing members of the KKK celebrating Trump's win was actually a group of Trump supporters holding Gadsden flags.
There's another side to this story, as is often the case. Trump supporters have allegedly been attacked as well. The Daily Wire's Amanda Prestigiacomo recently put together a piece in which she chronicled nine times Trump supporters have been attacked since the election.
Now, another person has seemingly felt the wrath of anti-Trump forces.
On November 11, 24-year-old Corey Cataldo was taking the uptown 5 train from Union Square to the Bronx when he was reportedly beaten up by two men who didn't like his "Make America Great Again" hat.
According to Cataldo via ABC 7:
He asked me if I'm a Trump supporter. I said "yeah" and thought he'd say "me too." People have been doing that...But no...He said, "Great, another white Trump supporter." The next thing I know, I have hands around my neck; I'm being choked. Then another gentleman comes over, he shoves me up against the wall, up against the window. Now I have my arm pinned behind my back, I have the one guy choking me.
At the next stop, the attackers fled the scene. Cataldo filed a police report, but as of yet, his assailants haven't been identified. He added that no one on the train offered any help.
"Violence is never the answer, no matter what side it's on," Cataldo told ABC 7.
Just like the other stories of assault, it's impossible to know if Cataldo's claims are true. However, his story must be treated as any other would be; it must be considered, and also scrutinized.
One thing is certain--you won't see this story blowing up on Huffington Post or Slate anytime soon, as it runs contrary to their narrative of the peaceful liberal versus the barbaric Trump supporter.
The following is Cataldo's interview with ABC 7: