An Uber driver denied service to four young African-American congressional interns in Washington D.C., forcing them to get out of his car — not because of their race, but because two of them were carrying “Make America Great Again” hats, the interns claim. This incident comes after a recent report that a Vancouver waiter refused service to a customer wearing a MAGA hat.
The interns requested the Uber ride to attend a monthly meeting for the president’s supporters at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on July 10. After the Uber driver asked them about the MAGA hats they were carrying, he told them “I cannot take this ride” and made them exit the vehicle, according to the interns.
“I’m a black male in America that supports and voted for Donald Trump,” one of the interns, 20-year-old Matthew Handy, told Fox News. “We’re supposed to be a country that accepts everybody for who they are, a melting pot, but the moment I say or do something that doesn’t coincide with their political beliefs, I’m the bad guy.” Handy, who is interning for Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), was one of the passengers carrying a MAGA hat.
Another passenger, Adria Barrington, 33, who is interning for Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), said the incident was frightening.
“Denying me service — because I know we were denied service based on our political thoughts and views — will not change my political thoughts and beliefs,” she said. “Denying me service is only going to make me fight harder to prove to everyone that it is conceivable to be an African-American and a conservative.”
Another passenger, Elijah Allison, who was also holding a MAGA hat, is interning with Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.).
“To prejudge someone is not in the moral compass of America,” he said. “Even though we may not have the same political affiliations or other beliefs, we should be able to agree to disagree.”
Handy complained to Uber and is hoping they will take action against the driver for denying them service. “I want a statement from the guy, and I want him fired,” Handy said.
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Where are the organized protests, public apology statements or angry political pundits from the liberal media condemning Uber over this incident? It’s quite a difference from the public response earlier this year when Starbucks refused to let two young African-American men use their facilities.
If the liberal media will not condemn Uber, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP and the National Urban League — organizations that claim to look out for the interests of all African-Americans — should step up and bravely defend these interns, even if they may not vote Democrat.