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Texas Teen Says He Was Attacked for Wearing 'Make America Great Again' Hat

Cellphone video reportedly shows the unprovoked attack at a San Antonio Whataburger on Tuesday

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    A 16-year-old boy says he was attacked and verbally assaulted for wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat at Whataburger in San Antonio, a report says.

    Hunter Richard captured the Tuesday night incident on video, showing what he called an unprovoked attack.

    A man, who has not been identified, is seen holding the iconic red cap while throwing a drink in Richard's face. The man can be heard saying the hat will look good in his fireplace.

    Richard told WOAI-TV the man's profanity-laced attack was unprovoked.

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    "I support my president and if you don’t let’s have a conversation about it instead of ripping my hat off," Richard told WOAI. "I just think a conversation about politics is more productive for the entire whole rather than taking my hat and yelling subjective words to me."

    The victim reported the alleged assault on Wednesday night at the North Patrol substation, said Carlos Roberto Ortiz, a spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department.

    A police report identified the suspect as a 30-year-old man. A detective has been assigned to the case and the suspect's identity wouldn't be released unless a warrant was issued, Ortiz said. He also said that suspects captured in social media videos will often turn themselves in to police.

    A restaurant manager at the location said by phone he was unable to comment on the incident. He directed questions to a corporate media hotline. 

    Whataburger Corporate Communications later released a statement that said no restaurant workers witnessed the incident. 

    “We were shocked to see this video and certainly don’t condone this type of customer behavior in our restaurants," the statement said. 

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    As the story was gaining widespread attention on conservative media, President Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. was among those who shared the video on Twitter. He called it "disgusting and a disgrace." 

    In an email from earlier Thursday morning, Ortiz incorrectly said the victim hadn't yet made a report. He later clarified the report hadn't been relayed to the public information office until later. 

    —Allie Weintraub contributed to this story

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