What Does the MAGA Hat Mean to You?


Former Staff
Jul 2007
So. Md.
It's this piece that moved me to start this thread.

Instead, there’s a strong case to be made that the MAGA hat has become strongly tied as a symbol to Donald Trump and Trumpism. And, as the ultimate symbol of Trumpism, why would anyone wear that hat unless they support the policies and beliefs Trump is best known for? And don’t his best-known policies include constant calls for a border wall to save us from a nonexistent immigration crisis, the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, a Muslim ban (let’s call it that because that’s what he initially called it), removing transgender people from the military, and so on?

In fact, Trump spends most days arguing that we’re in the midst of an immigration crisis. To buttress his argument, he relies on a constant stream of misinformation about undocumented immigrants coming into the country, suggesting the problem is growing worse when illegal immigration has been falling for years. Trump regularly vilifies undocumented immigrants, suggesting they’re likely to be violent criminals. These are the positions he is best known for. His cornerstone policies. So it’s no stretch to suggest the MAGA hat symbolizes support for them.
If you’re not bothered by the red Trump cap as a symbol, put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a moment. Imagine you’re a Mexican immigrant (undocumented, documented, citizen—doesn’t matter), who has repeatedly heard Trump describe your country’s people as murderers and rapists. Imagine you’re a Muslim, one of a billion human beings Trump initially vowed to ban from the country. Imagine you’re a transgender person whose very existence the Trump administration has repeatedly sought to invalidate. Imagine you’re a woman, who finds his aggressive treatment of women repellant.
The MAGA Hat Rorschach Test