Louis Orangeo, 27, a procurement analyst in Bloomfield N.J., did vote for Trump in 2016 and is ready to vote for him once more in 2020, though he isn’t 100 % certain. Mr. Orangeo mentioned he purchased a MAGA hat after the election, “mainly to troll people,” however stopped carrying it due to detrimental responses. “I hate having to explain it and defend it,” he mentioned. “It always gets a look and a sneer.” He does put on a minor league baseball group’s pink cap a lot and no person has ever mentioned something.
But Mr. Peterson, the Orlando graphic designer, determined to mothball his pink caps after his spouse identified the potential for confusion or confrontation. And others have made related selections after noticing the responses to their pink hats.
“One of my favorite hats is a red University of Wisconsin Badgers hat,” mentioned Corey Looby, 31, a database supervisor from Madison, Wis. “But when I traveled, I would regularly notice glares from people I passed on the street. I don’t want to be associated with MAGA, even mistakenly, so I stopped wearing it.”
The phenomenon is in no way common; some red-capped followers mentioned the potential MAGA connection had by no means occurred to them till a reporter introduced it up. “I don’t like engaging in political conversations. I just want to be friends and talk about other topics, not politics,” mentioned Jason Stygar, 34, an audio engineer in St. Louis. “But as a lifelong Cardinals fan, I love my red hat — I’ll wear it anywhere and everywhere. It had never even occurred to me, that someone would mistake it for a MAGA hat, and nobody’s ever bothered me about it.”
And some are carrying pink caps in defiance, no matter politics.
“I am not pro-Trump or anti-Trump, but I do have a Detroit Red Wings hat and get weird looks when I wear it,” mentioned Nick Landry, 28, challenge supervisor for a carpenter subcontractor in Milford, Mich. “I continue to wear it as a social experiment, hoping people will feel like idiots when they realize that it’s not a MAGA hat and that they’re feeling vitriol over something so stupid.”
Fans and groups alike, although, have lengthy been cautious about inadvertent political messaging. In 1954, for instance, the Cincinnati Reds modified their official group title to Redlegs, to keep away from being related to the communist scare. (They modified the title again to Reds in 1959.)
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