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Uber driver reportedly refuses to drive congress interns with MAGA hats: ‘Please get out of my car’

An Uber driver reportedly refused to drive congressional interns who were holding "Make America Great Again" hats. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

A Washington, D.C., Uber driver reportedly refused to drive congressional interns who were carrying "Make America Great Again" hats at the time of pickup.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday report in the Washington Examiner, the interns were trying to make their way to the Trump International Hotel in D.C. when the reported incident occurred.

Matthew Handy, an intern for Rep. Mike Bost, (R-Ill.), told the outlet that he and three other interns called an Uber on Tuesday evening near George Washington University.

The interns were on their way to the hotel to attend a regular gathering of Trump supporters at the Old Post Office.

Handy told the outlet that he had his MAGA hat in hand, and not on his head, in an effort to avoid imposing on any driver's beliefs.

Handy said that he had barely entered the car when the driver asked about his and the other interns' MAGA hats.

"He then said 'I can't do the ride,'" Handy said, after telling the driver that they all did possess the Trump-supporting hats, but believed that the driver was simply ribbing him.

"We asked whether he was being serious right now and he said 'Please get out of my car,'" Handy added. "I am more disappointed that I can't hold my political beliefs without being scrutinized, being singled out, and being downright disrespected."

Elijah Allison, one of the other interns, corroborated Handy's story to the Examiner.

Handy also shared information about the alleged encounter on Twitter on Tuesday, writing, "I requested an @Uber to go to a monthly DC MAGA meet-up at Trump Hotel; held my faithful red MAGA hat in my hand. Mr. Sadou looked at me and rudely said; 'I cannot take this ride.' He had no right to refuse service, especially after the payment was accepted. @Uber, unacceptable!"

Bost addressed the incident on Thursday on his own Twitter page. Bost wrote, "@Matthew_Handy is an incredibly respectful & polite young man who I am grateful to have as an intern in my office this summer. It's an absolute shame that the political climate has become so toxic and that incidents like this are becoming all too common. #NationalDayofCivility."

Has Uber responded to the allegation?

According to the Washington Examiner, a representative for Uber confirmed that they are investigating the purported incident.

"We aim to provide a reliable service to everyone who uses Uber. We have reached out to both the rider and the driver, and continue to look into this," a spokesperson told the outlet.

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