Man Who Repeatedly Punched Man Wearing MAGA Hat Faces 4 Years in Prison
Sentencing is scheduled for May 28 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court
A man who approached a Trump supporter wearing a red MAGA hat in a restroom before repeatedly punching him in the face, is now facing up to four years in prison.
The victim, who was using a restroom in a restaurant in downtown Hermosa Beach, California, was sporting a red hat with white Russian writing on it, police said.
The message caught the attention of the attacker, who asked the hat-wearer what the writing meant.
The hat-wearer responded, saying it meant "Make America Great Again."
The suspect then proceeded to punch the hat wearer in the face as the victim fell to the ground.
The man then continued to punch him and then stole the victim's hat and fled, cops added.
But after police scoured surveillance footage, the suspect was identified as David Delgado, and he was later arrested at his Winnetka residence without incident on Oct. 1, after which he was held on $100,000 bail on charges of battery with serious injury and robbery.
Last Wednesday, Delgado pleaded no contest in connection with the incident, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
The charge was one felony count of assault by means of force, likely to produce significant bodily injury, the DA's office said.
Delgado now faces four years in state prison.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 28 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch.
Violence against people wearing MAGA hats has become common in recent years.
A member of the violent leftist group Antifa attacked a group of children in a restaurant because one of the young teenagers was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat in 2018.
The attack took place at a burger place in San Antonio, Texas, when 30-year-old Kino Jimenez aggressively stole the MAGA hat from one of the boys and then violently threw cups of soda over the kids, calling them "m*otherf*ckers."
The tolerance is overwhelming... https://t.co/RbYDxe49rL pic.twitter.com/bGFfZEyuhM— Dave Urbanski (@DaveVUrbanski) July 5, 2018
Last February, an elderly New Jersey man was assaulted in a supermarket for wearing a MAGA hat.
The 81-year-old Franklin Township man suffered minor injuries.
In 2018, a vape shop worker who launched into an 'anti-Trump' rant before refusing to serve a customer who was wearing a MAGA hat was fired after the video went viral on social media.