Stealing Is Stealing-Jail The Beaner
2019-07-24 14:25:35 UTC
time after she was seen in a now-viral video appearing to swipe
a "Make America Great Again" hat from a fellow Highlander.
Edith Macias allegedly snatched Matthew Vitales MAGA hat before
going on a bizarre, profanity-laced tirade in the video, shot by
The Riverside County District Attorneys Office told Fox News
that, if convicted, Macias faced a maximum sentence of up to one
year in county jail.
Im very excited that the DAs office took it seriously,
Vitale told Fox News. We cant thank UCPD enough.
According to the criminal complaint, Macias is being charged
with a misdemeanor offense of petty theft in the Sept. 27
incident. A spokesman for the DAs office said the next court
date is set for March.
Vitale, a member of the UC Riverside Republicans, pressed
charges after the incident, in which he said Macias stole his
pro-Trump hat off his head during a campus meeting and refused
to give it back -- before two police officers responded to the
scene and intervened.
According to the arrest warrant, Macias told one of the officers
she wanted to burn the MAGA hat because she believed the words
Make America Great Again represented the genocide of a bunch
The police officers were able to review video from both Macias
and Vitales Facebook pages, which appeared to showed Macias
physically removing the hat from Vitales head and running away
with it, then repeatedly refusing to return in. Vitale
eventually got his hat back -- after Macias is seen in the video
giving it to university staff who then turn the hat over to its
CALIFORNIA STUDENT STEALS MAGA HAT, PLEADS FOR WEARER TO BE
PUNISHED IN BIZARRE RANT
Vitale said he was disappointed after University Chancellor
Kim A. Wilcox issued a diplomatic statement noting that,
coequal to our dedication to mutual respect, is our commitment
to free speech and the free exchange of ideas.
I get the feeling that the school didnt take it very
seriously, Vitale said.
Inspired by the incident, Vitale and other College Republicans
in Southern California started instituting "MAGA Mondays," in
which they proudly display their Trump gear on campus --
including the same hat Macias allegedly stole.
Matthew Vitale, the Deputy Southern Region Vice Chair of the
California College Republicans, participates in MAGA Monday on
campus. (Courtesy of Matthew Vitale)
I do, very proudly, wear my MAGA hat, Vitale said, though he
added it was never about the $25 ball cap.
Im not doing this to be punitive or see her rot in jail, he
said. I want people my age to realize that things like this
arent tolerated in America. We just want to have our rights
guaranteed and thats what its all about.