A female author who has been a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist took Trump Derangement Syndrome to a new level, stating on Twitter that she doesn’t want people to wear red hats because they are “making everyone scared.”
Rebecca Makkai wrote;
Is anyone else made really uncomfortable these days by anyone wearing any kind of red baseball cap? Like, I see one and my heart does weird shit and then I finally realize it only says Titleist or whatever. Maybe don’t wear red caps anymore, normal people? Also, for the love of God: The clever folks wearing “Make America Read Again” or whatever caps — NO. You’re making everyone scared. Don’t do it.
If you’re here to be contrary: an equivalent here would be western Hindus choosing not to use the swastika symbol in public despite it being sacred to their faith because it would offend/frighten people. The red hat has become a symbol of hate bc of how its wearers act.
Makkai added, “Also I love all the people who are like ‘YOU CAN’T POLICE ME, LIBTARD!’ Please note that I was specifically addressing ‘normal people.’ The ones who don’t want to freak people out at a distance. The ones who enjoy it should absolutely continue letting us know who thy [sic] are.”
Makkai has not been reticent about her opposition to President Trump; in December 2018 she wrote that she “hit a low. A how-do-we-keep-fighting-one-more-day low, a scream-silently-into-the-mirror low, a twilight-of-democracy low … I tried to distract myself by retreating to the bubble of literary Twitter, where I started a thread listing some of my favorite overlooked fiction … Soon, though, someone jumped in with a bit of scolding: ‘We’re 100 days out from an election,’ she wrote. ‘That’s what we should all be thinking about.'”
Makkai wrote that she responded, “I refuse to live in a world where an oppressive regime prevents us from advocating for art.”
As far as being frightened by MAGA hats, Makkai might take note that there have been numerous incidents in which people wearing MAGA hats were the ones assaulted or oppressed by others, including:
December 2017: A group of students wearing “Make America Great Again” hats were booted from a non-profit coffee shop on the Fordham University campus because the cafe is considered a “safe space,” and the hats were triggering customers and staff.
April 2018: A woman at a D.C. restaurant also told reporters that she was assaulted for being a Trump supporter. Fox 5 reported, “D.C. police are searching for a pair of suspects who attacked a woman after she said she supported President Donald Trump. Police say the felony assault took place at around 1 a.m. on March 16 at the Surfside restaurant in the 1800 of N Street near Dupont Circle in Northwest D.C.”
July 2018: A manager of a popular seafood joint in Vancouver discriminated against a customer in an iconic “Make America Great Again” hat, denying him service. Also July 2018, on Tuesday night, a Texas man assaulted a teenage boy wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio.
November 2018: A female Harvard University graduate student who had a MAGA hat and legally-owned guns in her room was asked by her apartment owner to move out after her roommates reportedly searched through her room and found the guns.
February 2019: A man from Tennessee allegedly pulled a gun on a man wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat, stuck the gun in the MAGA-hat-wearing man’s face and reportedly threatened, “It’s a good day for you to die.”
But red hats are scary.