The Trump supporter who endured a woman's bizarre rant over his red "Make America Great Again" hat is speaking out about his experience with the woman — and polite political discourse in the U.S. at large.
What's the back story?
Social media user Parker Mankey approached the 74-year-old man — identified as Victor — as he sat in a local Starbucks on Monday in Palo Alto, California.
Mankey began ranting and raving at the elderly man over his hat, demanding that others in the store support her. They didn't. Promising she would find Victor's personal information and make his life a living hell, Mankey left the store, and posted now-viral inflammatory and accusatory remarks about Victor as well as his picture on social media.
"There were other white people in there who should have called him out. It is the duty of every white person in America to stand up to this every time they see it," Mankey complained in one of her now-deleted social media messages.
Mankey, a lifelong Palo Alto resident, wife, mother, and former accountant for Gryphon Stringed Instruments, lost her job over her antics.
What did the man say about the incident?
During a Wednesday interview, Victor told KPIX-TV that he wasn't impressed with Mankey's anger.
"This crazy woman came over and started raving at me," he said. "She turned to the rest of Starbucks and said, 'Hey everybody, here's this racist over here. He hates brown people, he's crazy, he's a Nazi,' and so forth."
"You know, America is still a free country right?" he added.
Victor said that Mankey didn't have any interest in polite debate — she just wanted to rant and rave.
"She didn't want to discuss the issues with me," Victor said, at one point taking off his hat to reveal a yarmulke. "She wanted just to scream about Nazis and so on and that's what we've sunken to."
Victor said that he took personal exception to the fact that she called him a Nazi, considering he is Jewish.
"People with an education should know better than to say stupid things like that," he added.
Victor told KTVU-TV that her behavior can be chalked up to three words: Trump derangement syndrome.
"It's called Trump derangement syndrome: people acting crazy," he explained. "If you can't tell the difference between a hat that says 'Make America Great Again' and a Nazi helmet or a Ku Klux Klan hat, I'd say you're deranged."
KTVU reported that during the course of Victor's interview another woman approached him who hugged him and offered up support even though she apparently had differing viewpoints.
"Wear that hat and be proud," she told Victor. "You just stand up for what you believe in and I'll stand up for what I believe in and we can still have a cup of coffee together. Right on."
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