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Home Depot Worker Wears Anti-Trump Hat, Sparks Outrage

| by Jonathan Constante
Krystal Lake, 22, wearing anti-Trump hatKrystal Lake, 22, wearing anti-Trump hat

A Staten Island, New York, Home Depot worker said she is receiving death threats after wearing an anti-Trump hat to work.

Krystal Lake, 22, wore the controversial hat during her shift on May 15, Staten Island Live reported. The hat reads: "AMERICA WAS NEVER GREAT."

Lake said the message was inspired by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

"The point of the hat was to say America needs changing and improvement," Lake told Staten Island Live. "I don't think it's a positive message to say, ‘Let's look to the past.'"

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A photo of Lake wearing the hat was shared on social media and quickly went viral. She woke up to several messages on May 18 from friends and family, urging her to check her social media accounts.

"Everyone kept asking me if I was on Facebook or Twitter, which I hadn't been," Lake recalled, "and then I saw how many people were sharing [the picture] and that it was going viral. I was honestly shocked. I didn't expect any of this to happen."

Lake said it was the first time she wore the hat to work and that she was not reprimanded by any managers for wearing it. However, Home Depot spokesman Stephan Holmes did say Lake’s hat does not reflect the opinions of the company.

"We appreciate and understand the concerns of our loyal customers," Holmes said. "In terms of the message, our associates are not permitted to wear items that reflect political statements.

"Unfortunately, no one on our management team saw her wearing the hat -- otherwise, they would have had her remove it immediately."

But Lake, who is a Bernie Sanders supporter, said her colleagues have also worn accessories that reflect their political views.

"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."

Despite the controversy, Lake said she will definitely be wearing the hat again.

"I feel it offended a lot of people because a lot of Trump supporters live in Staten Island," Lake 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 added that she’s received dozens of death threats via social media.

"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 explained. "I know there are a lot of opportunities here. I just wish we would worry about making America better -- not 'great again.'"

Sources: Staten Island Live, NY Daily News / Photo Credit: SI Live via NY Daily News
 

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