77-Year-Old Veteran Beat up for Wearing MAGA Hat and ‘Back the Blue’ Mask

by Matthew Wilson
77-Year-Old Veteran Beat up Wearing MAGA Hat 'Back the Blue' Mask
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A couple in California attacked and beat a 77-year-old military veteran. The veteran wore a Make American Great Again or MAGA hat and a Back the Blue mask with a blue line supporting police.

The attack happened on Friday (Sept. 18) in daylight at the Red Bluff post office. The veteran told KRCR-TV the couple surprised him. The outlet chose to withhold his name out of respect for his privacy.

A couple approached the veteran, who had been wearing a MAGA hat.

The veteran had been outside the post office, just picking up a package, when a man and woman approached him. According to the veteran, the woman told hime, “We just don’t like people like you.”

Shocked and surprised, the veteran said, “Well, that breaks my heart.”

According the veteran, the man then proceeded to strike him across the left side of the head and beat the military veteran.

“Then somehow he got me in a headlock and started pounding me on top of my head … I got blood all over the place and I’m trying to figure, you know, where’s my hat, where’s my package?” he said.

Red Bluff Police arrested 26-year-old Daniel Gomez-Martinez for battery and elder abuse. The police didn’t charge the woman in the attack.

An ambulance took took the veteran to St. Elizabeth Hospital where doctors treated his injuries. A photo showed cuts and scrapes across the top of his head. The hospital later released the veteran, but he said he’s still having headaches.

Since then, the veteran said he blames himself for the attack. He said he should have been of the attack due to his combat training. The veteran said he spent seven years in the military and served during the Vietnam War. He also spent over 30 years in law enforcement.

“You’re always taught situational awareness,” he said. “And this guy came out of …. I never saw it coming.”

“I was so shocked for the hate that people have, you know,” he added. The veteran didn’t expect someone to act so hostile to his MAGA hat. “I don’t hate them, I never met them. I just can’t believe they would do something like that.”