One Home Depot employee decided to make a political statement at work by wearing a hat with the words “America was never great”, which set off a firestorm of controversy. But Home Depot responded quickly by banning her from wearing the hat again.
From the Daily Mail:
Home Depot has banned a worker from wearing a hat emblazoned with the words ‘America was never great’ after legions of Donald Trump supporters complained.
Krystal Lake, 22, wore a white cap carrying the slogan to work at a Home Depot store in Staten Island, New York, this week.
A picture of her wearing the hat went viral and split Twitter and Facebook, with some calling her unpatriotic but others defending her right to free speech.
Miss Lake says she has received a barrage of racist abuse and death threats, but insists she will not stop wearing the cap.
The Home Depot worker and City University of New York student told the Staten Island Advance that she took inspiration from Trump’s signature ‘Make America Great Again’ hats.
‘I feel [the ‘America was never great’ hat] offended a lot of people because a lot of Trump supporters live in Staten Island,’ she said.
‘Trump is very rash and in your face, but when someone else has a message against him, his supporters can’t take the criticisms.’
Miss Lake, who is a Bernie Sanders supporter, added that her message is not unpatriotic but that she wants the U.S. to improve.
‘People have been saying really racist things to me and that they’re going to come and find me, and that what I said is disgraceful and I hate America – but I don’t hate America.
‘I know there are a lot of opportunities here. I just wish we would worry about making America better – not “great again”.
‘The point of the hat was to say America needs changing and improvement. I don’t think it’s a positive message to say, “Let’s look to the past”.’