New York Home Depot employee makes bold political statement at her job over the weekend by wearing an “America Was Never Great” baseball cap in direct response to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump‘s slogan “Make America Great Again.”
The 22-year-old woman, identified as Krystal Lake of St. George, Staten Island, tells Staten Island Live that she made the custom hat to attack and confront Trump’s rhetoric that can be interpreted as divisive.
The reason she was prompted to make and wear the hat was because many of her co-workers wore Trump pins and memorabilia in support of the candidate for president, the Advance reports.
“For the past two months, there have been a few people I work with wearing ‘Vote for Trump’ pins on their uniforms… But no one ever says anything to them.”
A patron took a photo of her in the cap on Sunday and the image went viral by Wednesday this week.
Lake says that this country was never great to begin with. Her critics released a flurry of racial slurs and threats via social media. Many told her that America was great before Black people came to the U.S.A.
“The point of the hat was to say America needs changing and improvement,” Lake told the Advance. “I don’t think it’s a positive message to say, “Let’s look to the past.'”
Since the incident, Home Depot has said that the young woman could be fired for wearing the hat again.
“I know there are a lot of opportunities here,” Lake added. “I just wish we would worry about making America better — not ‘great again.'”