Two people accused of attacking a man in Portland, Oregon for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat will not face criminal charges after a grand jury declined to indict them, The Oregonian reports.
Luke Lenzner, 34, told police that he was attacked while out with his wife at a bar because he was wearing a hat with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan printed on it. He also claimed in several interviews with local news outlets that “radical” people in the city “mobbed” him for openly supporting Trump, however video of the night in question appears to show Lenzner confronting patrons in a threatening manner at a different bar earlier that evening. In the video, Lenzner also falsely claims to be a veteran, which he later admitted was not true.
Lenzner wore his hat to a different bar, Growler’s Taproom, where he encountered Adebisi Okuneye, 23, and Leopold Hauser, 22, who were with friends when they saw Lenzner in the bar. Okuneye told police that Lenzner called her an expletive and asked her, “do you like my hat?” Okuneye then “got in his [Lenzner’s] face,” according to Lenzner, who pushed her away, which is when Hauser punched Lenzner in the face.
Okuneye and Hauser were later arrested on charges of third-degree assault, but a Multnomah County grand jury declined to indict them, and the court dismissed the case.
Lenzner told the Oregonian that he still wears his hat, just not in bars or similar establishments in the city, adding, “It’s just one more reason to move out of this state.”