Democratic Rep Wants to Ban Teens from Wearing MAGA Hats after False Reports of Harassment

by Neetu Chandak


House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth called for banning teens from wearing Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats after a video circulated on social media of an encounter between some Kentucky high school boys and an American Indian group after the March for Life rally Friday.

After facing criticism on Twitter, he mentioned it was an “obvious joke.”

“I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of teenagers wearing MAGA hats until we can figure out what is going on,” Yarmuth posted Sunday on Twitter. “They seem to be poisoning young minds.”

Yarmuth, a Democratic representative from Kentucky, also blamed President Donald Trump for the allegedly negative behavior displayed in a separate tweet.

“The conduct we saw in this video is beyond appalling, but it didn’t happen in a vacuum,” another tweet by the chairman said. “This is a direct result of the racist hatred displayed daily by the President of the United States who, sadly, some mistake for a role model.”

His language mocked Trump’s own rhetoric, as the then-candidate used “total and complete shutdown” when referring to Muslim individuals entering the U.S. in 2015 until lawmakers could come to a solution to issues he cited at the time. Trump also uses the word “sadly” often.

Yarmuth’s proposal comes after a video of Covington Catholic High School boys were seen chanting as American Indian Nathan Phillips was banging a drum. The kids were wearing MAGA hats.

A person recording one of the videos said the boy face-to-face with Phillips appeared to be smiling while others allegedly mocked the American Indian prayer, CNN reported.

Phillips said he was trying to escape from the group.

“What the young man was doing was blocking my escape,” Phillips said, according to CNN. “I wanted to leave.”

Many condemned the behavior, but critics pointed out the video was not given in the full context. A nearly two-hour YouTube video shows Phillips approaching the students.

The Diocese of Covington along with the high school issued an apology to Phillips on Saturday.

“The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion,” the statement said.

Yarmuth did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. The school could not be reached for comment.

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Neetu Chandak is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation. Follow Neetu on Twitter.
Image “Native American Drumming” by Jim Hanson.













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  1. The good citizens should step in here now and demand the resignation of Yarmuth. There is no excuse for a Congressman, from your state at that, to jump on that bandwagon of completely false information and then advocate the violation of those kids 1st Amendment rights. Unacceptable.
    Nathan Phillips, let’s talk about what Phillips claims he is, as compared to what he really is. Phillips claims that he is a two tour Vietnam Marine Corps Recon Ranger. There are numerous problems with this. Phillips is 1 year, 1 mo. older than I am. I graduated from High School at the age of 18 years old and went into the USMC 1 month after graduating in July 1973. DO THE MATH. A tour of duty at that time was 13 months, meaning Phillips would’ve been in Vietnam for 26 months. That means by the time he went through boot camp, schools battalion in the Corps, he would’ve had to been 15 years old, at best. Now, take in consideration that the Marine Corps removed all Combat forces from Vietnam in June 1971 and you can see that Phillips is NOT telling the truth. Furthermore, the Corps has no such unit as Recon Rangers. Their Special Forces unit is Force Recon. Meaning what? Very simple folks, Not only has Phillips LIED about his Vietnam service, a Marine that mixes his branch of the services Special Forces unit’s name with one of the other Branches names, Army Rangers, tells me he was NEVER EVEN IN THE MARINE CORPS. But yet Congressman Yarmuth and the likes want us all to believe these kids cant’ be trusted with the truth. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS STORY?