A man says he was attacked by two men on a New York City subway simply because he was wearing a hat in support of President-elect Donald Trump.
Corey Cataldo, 24, of the Bronx, said he was riding the uptown 5 train from Union Square to Morris Park Friday when a fellow rider on the subway noticed his “Make America Great Again” hat and didn’t like it, WABC reported.
“He asked me if I’m a Trump supporter. I said ‘yeah’ and thought he’d say ‘me too.’ People have been doing that,” Cataldo said. “But no. This man was not a Trump supporter.”
“The next thing I know, I have hands around my neck and I’m being choked,” he added. “I try to fight him off, and another gentleman comes over, pretends like he’s going to help me and says ‘get off of him.’ He shoves me up against the wall, up against the window.”
Cataldo said no one on the train did anything to help, but he was able to escape the men.
WABC reports that the NYPD has been notified of the incident and is searching for the two men involved.
Cataldo, an electrician by trade, told the station that he still has some lingering pain in his shoulder since the incident, but is still able to work.
He said he has a lot of “Make America Great Again” hats, and gives them away to fellow supporters in support of Trump.
This isn’t the first time there has been violence against Trump supporters this election season.
A white man in Chicago was beaten viciously in the middle of the street and then dragged down it with his hand stuck in the back window of the car last week.
A Trump supporter from California was chased down and beaten by Black Lives Matter supporters for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at a protest in El Cajon, California in September.