The owner of a New York City art gallery was viciously attacked and beaten by a gang of fifteen teenagers on Tuesday evening. The man’s sin? Wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap he’d purchased at Trump Tower earlier in the day. That was enough to get Jahangir Turan beaten every which way to Sunday by the thugs, whom he says yelled “F*** Trump” as they smashed his head into a scaffold and stomped him in a brutal attack. Turan suffered a fractured cheek and possibly permanent damage to his eye in the melee.
“I love President Trump,” Turan admitted to the local Fox affiliate. “I think he’s doing a great job.”
But those are apparently fighting words in New York City. Turan told the news outlet that he probably wouldn’t wear the hat in public again.
“It’s sad to get beat up for wearing this hat,” he said. “This is America.”
In a separate interview with The New York Daily News, Turan accused police of not doing as much as possible to identify and arrest his attackers.
“Of course I’m angry,” he said. “Why do you think I went to the media? I felt angry after Tuesday and Wednesday, when I didn’t see them doing anything. Two days, no arrests. I think some of these cops are anti-Trump.”
Maybe, maybe not. We certainly know that their mayor is.
Perhaps if this story got some significant national attention, the police would be more interesting in tracking down the perpetrators.
But why would there be any such coverage? After all, this isn’t a kid in a MAGA hat smiling at an Indian. This isn’t a black TV star claiming, ridiculously, that he was assaulted and nearly hanged by Trump supporters in the dark streets of downtown Chicago. No, this is an actual act of violence perpetrated on someone whose only crime was to show his support for the president, so we would expect that it would get the exact amount of mainstream attention that it’s getting, which is zero. No mention on the nightly news networks, no mention in the Washington Post, and no mention in The New York Times.
That sounds about right. After all, there could be someone imagining they see a noose on a college campus somewhere, and there’s only so many reporters to go around…