Krystal Lake, a 22-year-old Staten Islander and student at the College of Staten Island, was the subject of online harassment after a photo of her wearing a “America Was Never Great” hat went viral.
The hat, a direct response to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, didn’t sit well with many people. By many people, we mean Trump supporters.
“Everyone kept asking me if I was on Facebook or Twitter, which I hadn’t been, and then I saw how many people were sharing and that it was going viral,” Lake told silive.com.
“I was honestly shocked. I didn’t expect any of this to happen,” she said.
”Trump is very rash and in your face, but when someone else has a message against him, his supporters can’t take the criticisms,” Lake said.
“People have been saying really racist things to me and that they’re going to come and find me and that what I said is disgraceful and I hate America—but I don’t hate America.”
Lake is a Bernie Sanders supporter, and the fact that she’s catching flack for wearing the hat proves her point.
“The point of the hat was to say America needs changing and improvement. I don’t think it’s a positive message to say, let’s look to the past,” she said, insisting she knows “there are a lot of opportunities here.”
“I just wish we would worry about making America better—not ‘great’ again.” she said.
Home Depot issued a statement about the hat, and said it doesn’t reflect their opinion and that employees are not allowed to wear clothing or items that make political statements. But Lake says that’s not exactly true.
“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.”
Of course they don’t.