The pageantry of Halloween costumes is usually a delight.
Ghosts, zombies and now Donald Trump, are among the scary costume offerings that are popular during this All Hallow’s Eve.
But politically-themed disguises in these charged times are not always crowd favorites. If you insist on masquerading as Donald Trump, well, best of luck to ya.
Whether someone takes offense over choosing to be Trump or they take offense over what they consider mocking Trump, it’s a minefield unless you know the crowd.
If anyone decides to wear a Trump Halloween mask, be sure to buy extra padding:— _edwardmondini_ (@_edwardmondini_) October 29, 2019
Florida man dressed as Trump at Halloween fair allegedly punched in face by 14-year-oldhttps://t.co/TAp0cOh5p9
A man in Florida wore a Trump mask and got punched in the face by a teenager who had thoughts about the President.
What they were, for or against, is unclear.
The incident took place on Saturday at the Collier County Fairgrounds around 8:30 p.m. The struck man claimed he was standing in line for the Naples Haunted Gross House exhibit with his wife and step-daughter when the 14-year-old girl approached him, unprovoked, and jabbed him in the jaw.
Was she angry that someone was making Donald into a halloween costume - or was she angry with Donald?— SimonV (@SimonVeedfald) October 28, 2019
The girl’s friends recorded her clobbering him, and the Collier County school system said the video was allegedly posted on Instagram.
I wonder how a 14 year old got to this point.
— Doyle Carroll (@DoyleCarroll678) October 29, 2019
When a 14 yr old girl punches a man on the jaw for wearing a Trump Halloween mask we know the biased media has done their job.
Sad-heck I didn’t who was POTUS when I was 14.
— Billy Tubbs (@BillyTubbs4) October 29, 2019
According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the man alleged:
“she laughed and ran back to her place in line.”
The man said he asked his slugger why she struck him and told her that he was:
“with my family here to have a good time.”
He then found a worker on the fairgrounds and asked to report the incident to the police.
The New York Post reported that the assailant was escorted from the fairgrounds and faces a misdemeanor charge of battery, pending an investigation.
While any sort of violence should not be tolerated, some online tried to justify her actions.
Maybe she felt threatened for her life and felt need to stand her ground?
— jon from Seattle ⚽???????? (@jonaldo_876) October 28, 2019
Ha !! worth it !
— ka08 (@KA09_08) October 28, 2019
I see no wrong.
— Tommy ???????? (@trilltommi) October 29, 2019
— EMW (@groundhog267) October 29, 2019
— Wendell Porter Jr. (@WendellPorterJ) October 30, 2019
A campaign to release her began.
Where do I donate?
— マシュー ✊???? Democrat Savage (@MattyPro12) October 29, 2019
Lmao free my hero
— Daniel Jefferson (@itsdanjef) October 29, 2019
Me outside the precinct. Free her. pic.twitter.com/RGSlJ8s5Y4
— ???????????????????? (@chefgunnz) October 29, 2019
Others found her allegedly unprovoked attack reprehensible.
There is no reason for violence regardless of the reason unless your defending yourself. Maybe some time in jail will make her learn her lesson that assault is a crime.
— Catloverplayer???????????????????????? (@catloverplayer) October 28, 2019
Kids are not born with hatred in their hearts. They learn it from those around them. This 14 year old should know better. You just can’t go around slugging someone in the face. No matter the reason. She and her parents should be held accountable.
— Carol Sommers (@CarolSommers3) October 29, 2019
Divided we stand.
Good good. The plan is working. Americans hating each other. Long live Putin.
— ÷ (@zaktaros) October 28, 2019
Leave people alone. I should be able to wear any hat I want dress as who I want without any harm.
— South Dallas is a Neighborhood in Fair Park Area (@flowrider2000) October 30, 2019
Lol leave her be, she’s just a child.
— Kayla☠️???? (@Yoitskaylaaaa) October 29, 2019
Well that was stupid that she punched the man. He obviously had the best, most hideous monster costume that anybody could think of to wear for Halloween! She should’ve congratulated him. Stupid brat! https://t.co/CCbrYHnINf
— Kristie Perkins (@_KristiePerkins) October 28, 2019
I know its wrong but can’t say I don’t understand the urge… ???? Also, I chuckled a bit when I found out she was 14. Glad he kept his composure and didn’t lash out, handled it well. I doubt I could say the same were he the actual guy he was dressed as… pic.twitter.com/6sbVNOWhtG
— ????????????????Burt Macklin????️???????????? (@BenKen0b1) October 29, 2019
Regardless of opinion, Florida’s reputation endures.
Florida girl. An unlikely hero.
— FUKISYOUTALKINBOUT (@_HanSoto) October 29, 2019
Didn’t know Florida man had a daughter ???? pic.twitter.com/cUh3rivg7B
— Anna Dinh Nguyen (@poetriot) October 28, 2019
The girl’s identity remains undisclosed as she is a minor.
Violence is not the answer. Non-violent protest is effective.