- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2019

A Massachusetts woman was charged with assaulting a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” at a restaurant last week in Falmouth.

Rosiane Santos, 41, faces charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery after police said she admitted to attacking the man because he supported President Trump, a local Fox affiliate reported.

Bryton Turner, 23, started recording the incident after he said Ms. Santos started yelling at him at the Casa Vallarta restaurant in Falmouth. In the video, Ms. Santos is seen knocking the red baseball cap off Mr. Turner’s head. At another point in the video, Ms. Santos is seen trying to rip the hat off Mr. Turner head as he holds onto it.

“Ignorant people like this. I’m just trying to sit here, eat a nice meal,” Mr. Turner said in the video. “That’s the problem with America these days. People are just ignorant. They want to lash out on people who are educated.”

Geo Macarao, a bartender at Casa Vallarta, told the Fox affiliate that Mr. Turner did nothing to provoke the woman.

“He just walked in and ordered his food,” he said.

Mr. Macarao said Ms. Santos hit the victim one last time as she was being escorted by police out of the restaurant.

“I couldn’t imagine somebody just coming up and hitting them when there’s cops right here,” Mr. Macarao said.

Ms. Santos, a Brazilian immigrant, told the news station that she’s the victim in the situation.

“I had a little bit to drink,” she said. “Maybe that’s the reason that I couldn’t walk away, but being discriminated for so many times in my life, I just had to stand up for myself.

“He’s not a victim. I am the victim. I have been bullied, OK?” she said.

The Falmouth Police chief said the incident is yet another example of rising political tension in the area, a local NBC affiliate reported.

Ms. Santos, who was released by a judge on her own recognizance on Wednesday, is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing March 20.

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