California restaurant owner bans ‘Make America Great Again’ hats

Restaurateur who threatened to ban patrons wearing MAGA hats issues apology

Restaurateur who threatened to ban patrons wearing MAGA hats issues apology

"The way I tried to communicate this ended up only amplifying the anger, and I apologize for that", he wrote in the piece, adding that it was "disrespectful and reckless", to make a public statement without thinking about how it would affect his employees.

López-Alt's controversial Tweet was posted Sunday and stated: "It hasn't happened yet, but if you come to my restaurant wearing a MAGA cap, you aren't getting served, same as if you come in wearing a swastika, white hood, or any other symbol of intolerance and hate". "This was not my intent in any way, and I am sorry for my recklessness", Lopez-Alt wrote, in part.

The red MAGA hats, first worn during the 2016 election by supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump, has since become a proud symbol of support for the president.

"My message was meant to reject anger, hate and violence, and indicate that these shouldn't be welcomed in our society and aren't welcome in our community", he posted.

The panel on "The Five" reacted to a California cookbook author and chef who, in a now-deleted tweet, wrote that patrons at his restaurants who wore Trump campaign "MAGA" hats would not be served.

San Mateo resident Jamie Hwang, 42, told the newspaper she has mixed feelings about the ban, saying that San Mateo is diverse and members of her family support Trump.

Her dining companion Esther Shek, 39, said she believed the hats had "come to represent racism, intolerance, exclusivity".

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Some social media users said that refusing to serve someone based on what they are wearing is wrong, while others said they support the chef and are now more likely to go to his restaurant.

President Donald Trump hands a signed "Make America Great Again", hat back to a supporter in Reno, Nev. on August 23, 2017.

The tweets sparked a national debate about a business refusing to serve people due to their political beliefs and what the snowflakey grievance culture on the Left claims the president's "Make America Great Again" caps have come to symbolize in the divisive political climate.

In a Friday blog post, J. Kenji López-Alt - who runs Wursthall Restaurant and Bierhaus in San Mateo - apologized for a tweet in which he said MAGA hat-wearing people weren't allowed inside his restaurant.

But despite their selective tolerance for hatred and violence when it serves them, critics on the Left have attempted to link the hats to a slate of crimes, often without any evidence that would substantiate the political views of the perpetrators. "That's just not OK".

Ironically, while condemning the MAGA by comparing them to swastikas, Lopez-Alt was also vocally tweeting his support for the Women's March, which has been devastated by its vocal support for antisemitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

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