(Warning, this article contains graphic language):
Several days ago, on Mother’s Day, Eugenior Joseph, a 22-year-old black supporter of President Donald Trump, was verbally attacked and threatened by employees at The Cheesecake Factory inside the Dadeland Mall in Miami, Florida, while he was out dining with his girlfriend’s family. Apparently, the staff members in the restaurant thought it was appropriate to allegedly harass him and threaten to “knock his head in” due to the fact that he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat.
Unsurprisingly, the police were eventually called to the chaotic scene. Shockingly though, despite the fact Joseph was attacked for being a black Trump supporter, none of the employees have been charged with a hate crime for further worsening our country’s racial divide. Instead, the restaurant manager, who was not involved in the harassment, simply issued an apology and told them that at least one of the employees had been sent home as a consequence.
According to reports, the alleged incident began when a female employee who noticed his MAGA hat confronted him about it shortly after he had been seated. While berating him about the hat, she also called several over several others to join in on the mockery.
“Her finger was literally on top of his head, we were all looking at her like ‘what is happening?’ She was pointing at him, calling her other coworkers, telling them to “look at this guy wearing a Make America Great Again hat,” recalled an unidentified witness while speaking to reporters about what happened.
Soon after being called out by the woman, roughly a dozen staff members approached the table and began commenting on his hat. Disturbingly, in addition to the jeers, at least one of the employees said that they wanted to punch the black Trump supporter in the face.
“So then all the employees started standing there, saying things out loud, like, ‘I’m going to knock his head in so hard his hat’s going to come off,” continued the same witness.
What’s worse, some of the other employees even went so far as to refer to him as a “n*****” while talking about him amongst themselves.
In addition to the verbal threats, Joseph told reporters that some of the staff members also gave him intimidating looks while clenching their fists.
“[One employee] got behind me and another coworker came by and they were staring at each other and he fist bumped him and then he started looking at me, balling his fists, smacking his fists, trying to scare me,” he recollected.
Unfortunately, the harassment did not stop there. When he got up to go to the bathroom, the employees, quite alarmingly, continued their relentless harassment of him, which was so threatening and traumatic that an elderly woman reportedly had to take some medication to calm herself down.
“I got up and went to the restroom, my girlfriend followed me, and as we were walking back, a group of [the employees] came out from the back and they just started clapping and yelling, and just screaming things at me,” explained Joseph.
Fed up with the abuse, the family got up and exited the restaurant. On their way out, a police officer who was called to the scene to investigate stopped them and questioned them about what happened.
Around that same time, the restaurant’s manager learned about what had transpired and rushed out to apologize to the family and to let them know that the employees were being dealt with. After documenting what transpired, the officers then left without charging any of the employees who engaged in the blatantly racist harassment with a hate crime.
Shortly after the incident occurred, The Cheesecake Factory’s Senior Director of Public Relations, Alethea Rowe, released a statement emphatically apologizing for what happened. She also announced that an investigation was being conducted to get to the bottom of what happened and that until the investigation is complete, the individuals involved in the incident have been suspended.
“No guest should ever feel unwelcomed [sic] in one of our restaurants and we are taking this matter very seriously,” mentioned Rowe in the statement.
“Upon learning of this incident, we immediately apologized to the guests in person,” she continued, adding, “we are conducting an investigation and will take the appropriate corrective action.”
Sadly, it’s quite common for people to verbally or physically attack Trump supporters. Earlier this year, for instance, an entitled liberal was caught on video approaching two supporters of President Trump before smacking one of their MAGA hats off of their head. Doing so, however, proved to be unwise as the Trump supporter whose hat was knocked off responded by repeatedly punching him in the face.
And several weeks prior to that, an unidentified 56-year-old man had to be rushed to the hospital after being viciously attacked by an Antifa thug, while leaving a conservative event celebrating the first anniversary of Trump being president.
Fortunately, though, the attack was witnessed by several people who immediately dialed 911 and notified the local police about the assault. A short time later, law enforcement officials showed up and arrested the assailant, who was later identified as David Campbell, while responding paramedics worked to bring the victim of the assault to the hospital.
Verbal and physical attacks against Trump supporters must not be tolerated. Hopefully, all of the employees involved in the incident at The Cheesecake Factory will be held accountable for their actions so that others are deterred from behaving like a pack of hyenas in the future.