This sounds like a joke, except that it isn’t funny.

A conservative named Luke Lenznerwalked into a bar wearing a Make America Great Again hat.  He was taking his wife out on a date to an Oregon bar called Growler’s Taproom, but it didn’t turn out as romantic as he had hoped.

Right before the bar closed, outside the patio area, some people assaulted him over his red hat. Here’s the story:

“I got mobbed by everybody that was in that bar outside. People came from the inside out – just circled me and my wife,” said Lenzner.

Security camera footage provided by the bar shows the couple did try and make their way in, but it doesn’t appear to be very busy. In fact, bar staff say they were already done serving for the night and that they told the couple they were closing.

Lenzner attests that things escalated between people outside the bar. That’s when police say 22-year-old Leopold A. Hauser and 23-year-old Adebisi A. Okuneye assaulted Lenzner and his wife.

“Surrounding me, like literally surrounding me, pushing me. I’m just trying to get through, trying to stop the person from hitting me, from taking my hat, and then I get sucker punched,” Lenzner told FOX 12.

Hauser and Okuneye had left before police arrived, but Lenzner was able to give them a license plate number.

The suspects were arrested a few blocks away.

Both Hauser and Okuneye were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of third-degree assault. They were arraigned Monday.

I’ve written about these types of assaults before, and I won’t stop writing about them.  It is a shame that this happens in the United States of America.  People should be able to support whatever candidate they want.  

If you disagree with that choice, feel free to say so.

It sounds like I should be talking to toddlers, but “use your words, not your fists.”

Or, better yet, just let people enjoy their meal.  We are Americans.  We don’t have to hate each other and we don’t have to inject politics into every moment of our lives.

I can guarantee this: MAGA hat wearers refuse to be the cultural punchline.

Image Credit: r. nial bradshaw on Flickr

Hat Tip: KPTV

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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