An Uber driver allegedly refused to take a small group of Republican Congressional Interns to the Trump International Hotel in Washington because they were holding “Make America Great Again” hats.
According to the Washington Examiner, “Matthew Handy, an intern for Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., and three other congressional interns hailed an Uber on Tuesday night near George Washington University, having ordered it to take them to a monthly gathering of Trump supporters at the Old Post Office.”
Handy claims he was intentionally holding his MAGA hat is hand as to not impose his political beliefs on the Uber driver. “Handy had yet to close the door when the driver allegedly asked him whether he and one other intern had “Make American Great Again” hats,” reports the Washington Examiner. The driver allegedly replied by saying, ‘I can’t do the ride.’
Handy further stated the driver’s behavior as “rude” but not in any way threatening. “I am more disappointed that I can’t hold my political beliefs without being scrutinized, being singled out, and being downright disrespected,” said Handy.
Handy has since tweeted about the incident. Bost replied to Handy’s tweet about the incident on Thursday describing Handy as an “incredibly respectful and polite young man.”
“It’s an absolute shame that the political climate has become so toxic and that incidents like this are becoming all too common,” he wrote on Twitter.
.@Matthew_Handy is an incredibly respectful & polite young man who I am grateful to have as an intern in my office this summer. It's an absolute shame that the political climate has become so toxic and that incidents like this are becoming all too common. #NationalDayofCivility https://t.co/foLQRhMRp4
— Rep. Mike Bost (@RepBost) July 12, 2018