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Alyssa Milano: I ‘won’t apologize’ for calling MAGA hats the new KKK hood

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Actress and activist Alyssa Milano said in a commentary piece this week that she will not apologize for comparing the “Make America Great Again” hats worn by President Trump’s supporters to the white hoods worn by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Milano made headlines over the weekend after attempting to draw parallels between the two groups on Twitter in the wake of a viral video that showed a confrontation between a group of Catholic school students and Native American activist Nathan Phillips.

{mosads}At the time, Milano tweeted: “The red MAGA hat is the new white hood. Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself.”

Milano doubled down on her claim in her piece published by The Wrap on Wednesday, saying: “Here’s the thing: I was right.”

“Some things in that video cannot be disputed — no matter what angle or how extended the cut is,” Milano wrote. “These boys, who attend a religious school, were there on a school trip protesting against a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. Several of these boys were wearing red MAGA hats, a hat that has become synonymous with white nationalism and racism. Several were doing a ‘tomahawk chop.’ Several were laughing.”

“When I saw that video,” the performer continued, “I saw boys flaunting their entitlement and displaying toxic masculinity. It seemed to me like they were reflecting the white nationalism and racism that the hats on their heads have come to represent.” 

Milano said “right-wing pundits and anonymous trolls alike screamed for my head–literally and figuratively” after her comments, while also adding that her husband even “received death threats on his cell phone” over the matter.

“Many demanded an apology,” Milano added. But she said she won’t be making one.

“I won’t apologize to these boys. Or anyone who wears that hat,” she said. “But I will thank them. I will thank them for lighting a fire underneath the conversation about systemic racism and misogyny in this country and the role President Donald Trump has had in cultivating it and making it acceptable.”

A short clip of the confrontation that went viral over the weekend showed a group of teenagers, many of whom were wearing MAGA hats, laughing and yelling while standing around Phillips.

The brief footage sparked backlash from many on social media who felt the teens were taunting the Native American activist.

Longer footage of the confrontation that later surfaced on Sunday had some shifting blame over the ordeal to a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, who appeared instigate the confrontation.

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