Two Joe Biden supporters are facing hate crime charges after they grabbed a “Make America Great Again” hat off the head of a seven-year-old at a peaceful rally for Donald Trump in Wilmington, Delaware.
In the now-viral video posted by Students for Trump, two women — dubbed “radical leftists” by the pro-Trump organization— allegedly attacked the child for showing his support for the U.S. President.
The two individuals, now named by police as 21-year-olds Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, were identified on camera, leading to a robbery investigation involving the incident with the child and his mother, WDEL reports.
The Department of Justice released details of the case on Tuesday.
Hat stolen because his mother supports Trump
"That's someone else's hat!" the child yelled, prompting the two Biden supporters to respond with expletives. “Your mom f***ing likes Trump,” said one of the women.
The women then threw the MAGA hat over a fence into a construction site that was inaccessible to the mother or her child.
The mother alleges that she was also “punched in the face” multiple times during the altercation.
Following the fight, police arrested Winslow and charged her with second degree robbery, second degree conspiracy, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Amy was later arrested for the same charges with the enhancement of offensive touching, assault, and attempted assault in the third degree for menacing the child and his mother.
Free speech, assembly and expression are sacred - Delaware Attorney General
“Violence in any form is unacceptable, but harming another person — let alone a child — because of the expression of their views betrays the principles on which our country was founded," said Attorney General Kathy Jennings.
"Free speech, free assembly, and free expression are sacred, no matter whether we agree with the opinions expressed, and especially when we don’t. That is as true today as it was when the Bill of Rights was ratified. Our Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust will continue to defend everyone's fundamental rights,” she added.
The Department of Justice stated that both individuals committed or attempted to commit the crimes they were charged with during their attempts to interfere with the victim’s free exercise or enjoyment of their free speech rights as guaranteed under the First Amendment.