Another day and another jail sentence for someone assaulting someone else over a MAGA hat. This time the suspect is a Florida man who is sentenced to 90 days in the Indian River County Jail after he was caught spitting on a guy wearing a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat back in October.
The perp is Matthias Ajple, 43, and a Judge David Morgan also gave him one year of supervised probation to go along with his three months in the slammer. This was based on a no-contest plea where Ajple was said to be guilty of battery. The victim was identified as Robert Youngblood, who is 67-years-old, as reported by the Palm Beach Post. Ajple also must pay Youngblood $155, all necessary court costs, and stay away from Youngblood.
It wasn’t much of a case of defense for Ajple, as the incident was caught on video.
Surveillance footage released Nov. 6 showed Ajple place what appears to be a paper towel on the head of Youngblood, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at the Hurricane Grill & Wings, 943 15th Place in Vero Beach.
Several moments later, the video shows Ajple spitting on the man, according to sheriff’s deputies.
Youngblood told a deputy he was sitting with two friends in the restaurant when Ajple walked over and said “You should go back to Russia you … communist,” according to an Indian River County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit.
After slapping the hat and spitting on Youngblood, Ajple got in a car and drove away from the restaurant, according to the report.
It gets better.
Youngblood took his license plate number and tracked him down at his home. Then Ajple’s wife got involved!
A deputy spoke with Ajple’s wife at the address, who said she told her husband to go up to Youngblood and tell him to “go back to Russia,” the report said. She told deputies she did not witness the altercation.
Ajple added to his already tolerant record of being nice to people and made a bold, incorrect, factless statement about Trump supporters (one which is clearly not true):
“I was just trying to protect you guys because I support law enforcement. Trump supporters are communist and racist,” Ajple told the deputy. “I don’t even care that I’m going to jail; this is actually exciting.”
“Plus, I have more time on this earth than he does anyway; he probably feels so good about himself,” according to the report.
It’s just a hat.
It can say Obama, Trump, Taco Salad, Clinton etc, but it does not give you the right to attack anyone.