‘America was never great’: Woman’s hat prompts death threats from Trump posse
American exceptionalists got riled up this week after a young Home Depot employee wearing an “America was never great” hat became the target of death threats and racist attacks by Trump supporters.
Krystal Lake, 22, wore her new custom-made cap to work in a Staten Island last Sunday when a customer violated her privacy and posted his photo of her online.
Those Trump supporters who are privileged enough to have Sunday off had plenty of time to send her death threats and rage on the internet.
If you're #KrystalLake you could always live in a great country like North Korea.— #hodgster (@matth0dge) May 20, 2016
Lake, a Sanders supporter, bought the hat after being inspired by Trump’s own hat emblazoned with his slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
I wonder if those bitching about #krystallake thought america was great with slavery? or genocide? segregation? AIDS epidemic?— Jonathan Dye (@changingshades) May 20, 2016
“The message that other people are trying to send out is that, America’s this wonderful place, like nothing bad ever happened in the world, but it never was great so I feel like it was a lie, so I wanted to show people that, no, it never was great,” she told Staten Island Advance.
Lake received a torrent of abuse online, including death threats.
“I’ve been getting the N-word left and right,” she said.
“You need to go back to Africa, America was great when people like you weren’t here” was another popular outburst by an irate Trump fan.
@HomeDepot My father opened the first Florida HD stores and was a Vet. He is rolling in his grave because of Krystal Lake— Bryan Mowrey (@Bmowrey36) May 19, 2016
You all are just mad #KrystalLake doesn't agree with the white supremacy and the oppression of minorities that America considers great. 💁🏾— Danae Alexandrea. (@DanaeAlexandrea) May 19, 2016
#krystallake is unamerican and an ugly heifer to boot.— The Catholic Trad (@dad_catholic) May 20, 2016
Lake called in sick to work Thursday, and although a manager called her to check on her, she expects she may be fired, the New York Times reports.
Trump supporters encouraged others to call Home Depot to complain and some called for a boycott using sexist and racist slurs.
@2ANow Definitely doesn’t represent HD’s opinion. Agree this isn’t appropriate and we wouldn’t allow it, but the store team didn’t see it.— The Home Depot (@HomeDepot) May 18, 2016
While it sucks to lose a job, she might be better off given Home Depot’s notorious record on worker safety and union busting.
A 2011 leaked video revealed how the company discourages employees from joining unions.
One of its co-founders, Bernard Marcus, opposed both the Employee Free Choice Act, which he called “the demise of civilization,” and the Occupy Wall Street movement. He also said retailers that do not support Republican senators “should be shot” and “thrown out of their goddamn jobs.”
Lake says other employees have worn pro-Trump t-shirts and badges without comment.
"For the past two months, there have been a few people I work with wearing 'Vote for Trump' pins on their uniforms," she said. "But no one ever says anything to them."
Explaining what she doesn’t like about Trump – and why America isn’t “great” for everyone, Lake said, “If you’re not the race that he would want, or whether it’s sexual preference, if you have any disabilities, your financial status, race, everything, all of that combined, or even if you don’t think like him, he will automatically write you off.”
Lake insisted she just wanted the country to be better, “and having Trump as a president definitely wouldn’t make America better.”
A number of people expressed their support for Lake.
The backlash #KrystalLake is getting only further proves how messed up we truly are— carlitos (@cgo37) May 20, 2016
@MsElectLadyKim where can I buy that cap.. Truer words have never been written on a cap— havesomerespect (@vivian_terry) May 20, 2016
AMERICA WAS NEVER GREAT.— jessie gray singer (@jessiegraygray) May 20, 2016
Cheers #KrystalLake for calling it like it is.
Five reasons why some Americans think their country was never that great
1) WAR CRIMES
Yay! Let's support torture, & enable war crimes. Trump, by "making America great again", you are destroying America. https://t.co/yEPQ0bdHGp— George McCann (@GCMcCannMovies) March 4, 2016
Under Obama’s presidency alone, the US has bombed seven countries and killed hundreds of people including children.
@Chirpinagin That's as dumb as it gets. He proposes war crimes. He has NO substance. But you guys fall for "make America great" just like— _uptoolate_ (@_uptoolate_) March 11, 2016
Since World War II, the US has intervened in more than 20 different conflicts, including Korea, East Timor, Haiti, Chile, Nicaragua, & the Philippines. One estimate puts the total number of people killed by the US military since World War II at 20-30 million.
Healthcare in America is a disaster.— NATE (@natecyph) April 5, 2016
In the words of Bernie Sanders: “Every other major country on earth guarantees health care to all people as a right, and they do it more cost effectively than we do.”
Instead, the US allows thousands of uninsured Americans die every year, as many as 45,000 based on a 2009 Harvard study, and there were still 28.6 million uninsured Americans in 2015, even after the “universal” Obamacare system was put in place.
The hypocrisy is amazing. #NeverForget911 or the Holocaust. But American Indian genocide and African American slavery? Eh.— Lauren Bouvier (@_Elle_Spencer_) May 17, 2016
The US enslaved those of African descent for almost a century before it was abolished by Congress in 1865.
America will never be great & never has been great. A country founded off death & destruction of a race & slavery of another is not Great.— jeff (@JeffJustme222) March 28, 2016
Today, their descendants are still trapped in a cycle of poverty predicated by mass incarceration and the “new Jim Crow", and there are now more Black men in prison than were enslaved in 1850, according to Michelle Alexander.
@independent Well native American genocide and black slavery…so maybe she is right.— Prince David (@SorcererPrince) May 20, 2016
From germ warfare to bloody battles, European refugees and migrants who invaded North America wiped most of the indigenous population.
Those who survived were moved to inhospitable patches of land called “reservations”.
"Make america great again" when was it great? slavery? Jim Crow? Native American genocide?— jessikawaii (@jessicagravity) May 18, 2016
5) NUCLEAR ATTACK
If anyone is capable of starting a nuclear war, it's Donald Trump. America, what are you thinking of? https://t.co/FyZSUU47jj— Hannah Dexter (@hannahforest) May 18, 2016
The US remains the only nations to launch attacks with nuclear weapons, killing up to a quarter of a million people, most of them civilians, by dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To this day, America has yet to apologize.
Hiroshima atomic bomb victims want apology from Obama // How about an apology for WWII and Pearl Harbour? https://t.co/tprcU753lX— John M Knox (@johnmknox) May 19, 2016
Donald Trumps opening statement should be "This is America home of the nuclear bomb"— Andrew (@ANDREWMALZONE8) May 11, 2016