This 22-Year-Old Received Death Threats After Wearing “America Was Never Great” Hat

    But she’s not letting it get her down

    by · May 20, 2016

    Credit Staten Island Advance/Amanda Steen

    While Donald Trump waxes on about how he will “make America great again,” 22-year-old Krystal Lake is dealing with death threats after a photo of her wearing an “America Was Never Great” hat went viral.

    As Lake told The New York Times, she created the hat and ordered it online because she found Trump’s “Make America Great Again” tagline restrictive in its emphasis on the past and his general dismissal of diversity. She wore it to work at The Home Depot one day, and someone took a picture of her without her knowledge. The photo picked up on the Internet, and she became a target for online trolls and Trump supporters. She even received death threats.
    “They were actually threatening to kill me over a hat,” she told the publication. “I couldn’t believe it. I was calling my best friend and I was like, ‘How is this happening? It’s just a hat.’”
    Lake says she doesn’t believe the threats hold any validity. With plans to make more hats, Lake says she believes she is “hitting [Trump supporters] with their own medicine. “My whole thing was, I like being different.”
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