Actress Alyssa Milano made a very controversial parallel in a Sunday tweet. She said that the red “Make America Great Again” hats compare to the attire of members of the Ku Klux Klan.
“The red MAGA hat is the new white hood,” Milano said.
“Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself. #FirstThoughtsWhenIWakeUp,” the actress added.
Before that tweet, Milano had shared another post on Twitter that featured a video of Native American Vietnam veteran Nathan Phillips. It went viral over the weekend after footage of his encounter with a group of Catholic high school students. They appeared to have confronted him and his troupe and it sparked outrage.
“The man that boy is harassing in the video is Nathan and he’s a veteran,” she captioned the clip.
Her criticism came just before one of the students, Nick Sandmann, claimed that reports about the apparent confrontation were filled with “misinformation” and “outright lies.”
In footage of the encounter, Sandmann can be seen standing and smiling in front Phillips as some of his fellow students jeer in the background.
Several of the students in the clip were also seen donning “Make America Great Again” hats. The viral footage prompted the Diocese of Covington to apologize on behalf of the students behavior and publicly condemn them.
But Sandmann argued on Sunday that he was “singled out” by the Native American man during the incident and that he was the first to confront him instead.
“The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him,” Sandmann said in a letter. “I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.”
However, Phillips told The Washington Post over the weekend “that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse.”
“It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: ‘I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial,’ ” Phillips said. “I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat.”