MAGA Hat-Wearing Kids Attacked in Viral Video Wanted to Engage in Ethnic Cleansing: Witness
A viral video making the rounds on conservative media appeared to show a random attack of a group of kids, one with a "Make American Great Again" hat, an example of what one site called the "ongoing harassment of Trump supporters by 'courageous' liberals."
But there appears to be more to the story than was initially reported.
Local news station KENS 5 spoke to a witness who provided a troubling account of the lead up to the incident. In the video, a man holding the MAGA hat — apparently taken from the kids sitting at a table in a Whataburger — picks up a drink and throws it on one of the kids.
The Daily Caller reported the story with the headline: "Random Stranger Takes Kid's MAGA Hat, Then Throws Drink on HIm." The video, now removed, was initially posted on Facebook, and it said that the attack was "unprovoked," KENS 5 reported.
The witness KENS 5 spoke to, however, disagreed. Though he didn't watch the altercation, the witness said he saw the kids endorsing massive ethnic cleansing in the United States before the video began.
"They were talking about for the Fourth of July hanging black people from trees that that would be the perfect party. Hopefully, with Donald Trump within the next few years, we can celebrate a white country, a real country without blacks. Maybe we can deport them to Africa," the witness told KENS 5.
He added: "They said they wanted it to be legal for white people to kill any other race for the Fourth of July."
Another man approached the kids and told them to stop making these comments, and the witness then left the restaurant, according to the report.
The witness said the attack in the video was still out of line. But if accurate, the story may reflect something deeper about the state of the country. The narrative around declining "civility," so quickly embraced by right-wing commentators, is largely a veneer designed to distract from the Republican Patry's emboldening of white supremacists.
The video appears below: