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FILE - In this June 1, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wears his "Make America Great Again" hat at a rally in Sacramento, Calif. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats proudly tout they are “Made in USA.” Not necessarily always the case, an Associated Press review found. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Alyssa Milano calls red 'Make America Great Again' hat 'the new white hood'


WASHINGTON (KEYE and AP) - Actress and activist Alyssa Milano on Sunday tweeted that the red "Make America Great Again" hats worn by supporters of President Donald Trump are analogous to white hoods traditionally worn by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The tweet, which appears to be related to the controversial incident involving white high school students wearing the MAGA hats encountering a Native American man during clashing rallies in Washington, D.C., reads "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. #FirstThoughtsWhenIWakeUp."

The original video of the encounter went viral, prompting angry reactions from people who felt the teen, seen smiling in the face of the 64-year-old Native American veteran, was being disrespectful.

Since then, however, more videos from that day show members of a group calling itself the Black Hebrew Israelites taunting everyone on the mall, calling the Native Americans who had gathered there for the Indigenous Peoples March "Uncle Tomahawks" and "$5 Indians" and the high school students "crackers" and and other names.

Milano is an outspoken critic of President Trump and his policies, including family separations at the border and Trump's threat to withhold federal money to California for wild fire relief.

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