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Authorities Charge 19-Year-Old With Attack on Elderly Man in MAGA Hat

Authorities Charge 19-Year-Old With Attack on Elderly Man in MAGA Hat

The young man faces charges of “disorderly persons offenses of assault and harassment.”

On Wednesday, reports came out that a young male attacked an 81-year-old man in a supermarket in New Jersey because he wore a MAGA hat.

Authorities have charged 19-year-old Ryan M. Salvagno with the attack.


The victim was leaving a ShopRite on Elizabeth Avenue in Franklin Township he was confronted by 19-year-old Ryan M. Salvagno about his hat, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

The two had a brief exchange of words about the hat before the older man tried to leave around 3:25 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

“As the victim turned to walk away, defendant Salvagno was able to grab the victim’s hat and the two struggled for sole possession of the hat,” Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said.

“Salvagno then took the victim by the arm and threw him to the ground, tipping over the victim’s cart of groceries and ultimately throwing the hat to the side,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

Salvagno faces charges of “disorderly persons offenses of assault and harassment.” The authorities did not tell the media how they identified the young man.

Salvagno’s arraignment will occur on March 14.

MAGA hat attacks have become more common recently. A few days before this attack, a woman in Massachusetts accosted a male in a restaurant for wearing a MAGA hat. The man taped the incident and the woman proudly holds the hat in her hands.

Police charged the woman, who is in the country illegally. Now ICE has her in custody.

A Vans employee lost his job when he shouted “F*ck you” to a 14-year-old kid wearing a MAGA hat.

We cannot forget the smears and hate towards the Covington Catholic High School teenager in January.



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Well, actually, it’s not just a hat.

It’s an American hat. An explicitly, blatantly, and unapologetically American hat.

That’s what these malignancies are attacking.

There was also an incident at an Edmond, OK high school.

The process at the schools for these types of incidents is to have the parents and students meet with the city attorney to have a mediation session. If not resolved, then it goes to the next stage. It’s been reported that the 18 yr-old wants to apologize and the parents of the younger kid is interested in having charges filed.

    BobM in reply to Liz. | March 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    The 18yr old wont mean his apology, based on his behavior he believes the whole “speech is violence” lefty meme is real and justifies his assault.

    If I’m correct, the only way to correct his belief is to demonstrate real-world consequences, such as an ADULT criminal assault charge.

      Liz in reply to BobM. | March 1, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      I have a friend who is a teacher at the school. Eventually, I’ll find out the story of this event. It may take until the summer before he is willing to talk about it.

ahad haamoratsim | March 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

He threw an 80-yr old man to the ground? That’s potentially fatal1 I remember listening to a juvenile court judge explaining to a 14 year old who had admitted to snatching a purse from a 75+ year old woman that knocking an elderly person down could have led to a broken leg or hip and permanent disability or worse. I hope this little creep is proud of himself.

    thalesofmiletus in reply to ahad haamoratsim. | March 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I hope this punk is pilloried and whipped in the town square. #MakePunishmentPunishmentAgain

      JusticeDelivered in reply to thalesofmiletus. | March 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      I think that with young people that being publicly humiliated, being caned, whipped, put in stocks, etc, might do a better job of correcting them than prison. It also has the benefit of low cost and not bringing them in contact with other criminals.

      Chicklet in reply to thalesofmiletus. | March 1, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      Take away his phone for one year after the whipping, or give him a flip-phone if that sounds too serious!

      Milhouse in reply to thalesofmiletus. | March 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      I wish. But unfortunately this is no longer possible, until the courts revisit the eighth amendment. They’ve gone badly wrong on this, and society suffers as a result. In fact imprisonment is far crueler a punishment, and it ought to be more unusual. Punishing an offense immediately allows the miscreant to get on with his life, hopefully chastised, and do something productive. Locking someone up for years tortures him to no purpose.

        Toad-O in reply to Milhouse. | March 3, 2019 at 10:03 am

        Flogging was not considered cruel and unusual in Jefferson’s day. The people who claim TBE Second Amendment is only good for muskets should have no beef if we bring back the cat o’ nine tails. 😉

It’s the bright red color that triggers a violent response. The blood concentrates in their eyes, in their whatever, wherever. Ole!

smalltownoklahoman | March 1, 2019 at 4:22 pm

These kids seriously need a chill pill. Assaulting an elderly man just because he took offense at what the gentleman was wearing, dude deserves a couple years behind bars if he gets convicted!

Off topic: I’ve noticed the reader forums have gone away so I guess I’ll post this here instead. A bit of good news from Oklahoma today. Do you all remember Officer Betty Shelby of the Tulsa PD? Well today she was cleared of federal charges in the shooting of Terence Crutcher.

    tom_swift in reply to smalltownoklahoman. | March 1, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Do you all remember Officer Betty Shelby of the Tulsa PD?

    Best to leave irrelevancies out.

    As for this case, how could anyone forget. The state case was an absolute disaster, even if far too many are too fatheaded to see it. It was one of the very few incidents which actually make BLM look like a legitimate civil rights movement, rather than just another racist demand for special treatment. The verdict was hardly good news for anyone. As for the federal case, I haven’t followed it; the implications of the state verdict were too depressing to follow uphill.

    Around here the town police raided a house to arrest a teen wanted on drug charges. Said teen wasn’t home, so the police had a good time ordering everybody else around, making them put their hands up and lie on the floor, etc. One, a fellow who had just retired after a lifetime driving town busses and was wanted by nobody for anything, ended up shot dead by, ahh, well, accident. A year later an officer (in animal control, I think; he’s actually a vet) told me that the shooter still had a badge and was still toting a gun around. He seemed as mystified as anyone else about just why. This all happened within easy rifle shot of my own house. I don’t think it out-of-line for the public to insist on competent gun handling by anyone toting a badge around. And that means that accidents (or “accidents”) should not be easily fobbed off.

    Yes, best if threads are kept free of irrelevancies.

The criminal complaint is just the cherry on top. The civil lawsuit is the just desert.

He can’t discharge it in BK, either:

“Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(6) prevents a debtor from obtaining the discharge of any debt for “willful and malicious injury by the debtor to another entity or to the property of another entity”. There are two prominent interpretations as to how this provision is to be construed. The Ninth Circuit interpretation is that the debtor’s actions “must be accompanied by some form of tortious conduct which gives rise to the willful and malicious injury.”

Attempted murder at the age of the victim.

    Milhouse in reply to puhiawa. | March 2, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    No. It could easily have been fatal, but the kid wasn’t thinking about that. If it had been fatal he might still have faced some sort of murder charge, but “attempt” implies specific intent, which is absent here.

It’s another symbol to the fascist democrat party to hate on. They’ve gone from being liberal Americans to all out fascists.

Check out Congressman Dan Crenshaws twitter asking for help finding this woman in Santa Barbara who was heckled for saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Twitter I need your help! If you know this woman and how to get in touch with her, I’d like to invite her to the Capitol to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Related only as it pertains to what the elderly man would have faced under the fascists medicare for all legislation. As written by a pediatrician. This whole twitter thread should go viral to let people know they’re signing away their lives.

Pouncing Joe Pilot, MD
‏ @JoeSilverman7

I promised you all a thread on the state of modern American healthcare from the unique perspective of both a pediatrician and a father of a gravely ill child undergoing surgery. This won’t be my typical tweetstorm for a few reasons. (Cont)
Click link

This was an attempted lynching, hate crime at least. He should get the book.

    Milhouse in reply to Mark. | March 2, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Don’t exaggerate. It does not even slightly resemble a lynching. The whole point of lynching is that it pretends to be justice; the victim is accused (often correctly) of a crime, and rather than let the justice system work a mob decides to skip straight to the execution. Lynching never resembles a random crime.

    Nor is it a hate crime. NJ’s hate crime statute requires that the victim be selected because of his “race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity”. Political opinion is not on the list.