Danish Tourist Robbed at Knifepoint in NYC for Wearing a 'Make America Great Again' Hat

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Posted: Apr 14, 2018 3:45 PM
Danish Tourist Robbed at Knifepoint in NYC for Wearing a 'Make America Great Again' Hat

On Thursday, one Danish tourist in New York City found out that wearing pro-Trump attire apparently warrants getting robbed at knifepoint. 

Jannich Andersen was enjoying New York City with his friends so much that he decided to buy his father a gift - a red “Make America Great Again” hat. He said he bought it as a joke and thought it would be acceptable to wear around Union Square subway station. However, a couple of thugs found nothing funny about his accessory choice. 

Andersen says that two men in their twenties circled him and told him to remove his hat. When he refused, they ripped it off his head. 

“(One of them) looks at me and asks if I knew what the hat meant, what it symbolized and I said yes,” Andersen said. “He said, ‘You’re not gonna leave here with this (the hat).’”

“I reached out to him and grabbed it back,” the tourist said. “He pulled my shirt and ripped it. I get it back. I tried to walk back to the subway and just as I’m about to go downstairs he grabs it again and pushes me and ripped my shirt again.”

At this point, Andersen wanted to continue to try and get his hat back. But his friend warned him that the assailants had a knife on them. 

“Then in Danish one of our friends said one of the guys had a knife and I start to panic and look around and I let go of the hat,” he said.

“I’m a little shocked,” Andersen told the New York Daily News Friday. “Until then I had a very good experience (in the city).”

“I get it if someone gets offended and shouts something — but not go to where you pull out a knife and think it’s okay to stab someone over a hat." 

Sadly, Andersen says the lesson he learned is to not wear the MAGA baseball cap.

“I just think I shouldn’t really be wearing that hat,” Andersen said. “My friend told me not to wear it 'cause someone will jump you, someone will get offended.”