The 22-year-old Trump supporter who was verbally attacked by the staff at a Miami Cheesecake Factory restaurant over his “Make American Great Again” hat described the moment as “just really wrong” in an interview on Wednesday's edition of “Fox and Friends.”
“They all started getting behind us, and one of the [workers] was saying, ‘I’ll knock the hat off his head, I’ll hit him so hard that I’ll knock his hat off,’" recalled Eugenior Joseph of Sunday’s incident.
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“They were clenching their fists and standing behind me, trying to scare us and stuff ‘I wasn’t really intimidated by anything, but … it was just sad,” he said.
Joseph and his girlfriend’s family had been seated at a Miami location of the Cheesecake Factory on Mother’s Day when he said his girlfriend’s aunt first noticed some of the employees “making gestures” at him from over in a corner.
“I just turned around and looked at them. I didn’t say anything,” remembered Joseph. “I see that they’re staring at me, staring at my girlfriend’s family, trying to intimidate us … I just ignored the whole thing.”
Joseph said he turned back around and started looking at his phone, but soon a crowd of employees gathered behind him, and one began making the threatening comments described above.
“Mother’s Day was completely ruined. It’s just sad, the outcome, the way it happened.”
Eugenior Joseph, 22, said several employees at Cheesecake Factory's Dadeland Mall location were "shouting and yelling" at him and his girlfriend's family because of his MAGA hat. (Google Street View)
The Cheesecake Factory has since apologized for the behavior of its employees, and confirmed that two employees have been terminated over the incident, but Joseph believes way more than two employees were involved.
Joseph also describes a moment when he was walking back from the restroom with his girlfriend, only to be jeered at by several employees — some of whom weren’t even working in the section he was seated in.
Witnesses who spoke with The Daily Wire earlier this week further claimed that up to a dozen employees were involved, some of whom had allegedly used the n-word in reference to Joseph.
“It was a bigger number [than two],” he said.
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Following Sunday's incident, Joseph says he will "definitely" not be returning to the restaurant, but he says he hopes people will be more tolerant in the future.
“At the end of the day, this isn’t, to me, it isn’t about being black, white, or race — anybody could have worn the hat, a white man, a latino man. It’s just about freedom of speech. This is America. Everybody should be entitled to their own opinions and their own beliefs. If somebody wants to wear the MAGA hat, you should support their decisions.
“Nobody should be disrespected, treated the way I was treated," he said.