A Brooklyn man was attacked on the basis of wearing a #MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat. He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken bone and a cheek laceration which needed 15 stitches to be sewn up. This was after being hit by a broken glass beer bottle. This happened at a bar called Mehanata. It is a Bulgarian bar on the Lower East Side. It happened at 3:30 a.m. according to the New York Post.
The man’s name who was attacked is Jovanni Valle. He is 26-years-old and often goes by “Jovi Val.” He was accompanied by 15 of his friends at the bar and had just left a book party for the book Dangerous by Milo Yiannopolous.
While dancing, his Trump hat fell off. Once it fell off one of the females in the bar decided to stomp on it repeatedly. When Valle told her that was enough and tried to get his hat, she responded, “I hate this hat, I hate you.” As Valle put his hand on her shoulder, her boyfriend came out of nowhere and hit him from behind.
When Dr. Joseph Pober’s office assistant showed him a video of Valle getting smacked in the head with the bottle, Dr. Pober immediately wanted to see what he could do to help.
“This is something that had to be done. When I heard about this I was shocked,” Dr. Pober said. “It’s freedom of speech that is being attacked and assaulted. … I can’t imagine that anyone in America would viciously assault you, break your nose and slice your face with a broken beer bottle.”
Valle, who is uninsured, received his initial treatment for his injuries in the emergency room before Dr. Pober evaluated him.
Dr. Pober said he examined Valle a few days after his trip to the emergency room.
“I evaluated him and I felt that he had a severe injury of his nose and there was a blood clot underneath the suturing of his cheek and that had to be drained,” Dr. Pober said.
The Park Avenue plastic surgeon performed the surgery July 14 that reduced the appearance of Valle’s nose fracture, drained his cheek of the blood clot, and re-sutured the “gaping” wound in his cheek.
Dr. Pober said Valle would need two more surgeries, but the doctor said he would happily cover all medical expenses. Dr. Pober’s office estimates that he’s performed about $30,000 worth of procedures so far.
Valle said he was “astonished” by the doctor’s offer to cover the cost of his surgeries.
“I just couldn’t believe it, I was astonished,” he said. “When you think of plastic surgery you never think of free. You think of thousands and thousands of dollars.”
The woman and her boyfriend were arrested and charged with assault. They are Emma Rodriguez, 24, and Leonardo Heinert, 25. Heinert continuously pummeled VAlle while Rodriguez smashed a glass bottle over her head.
This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last that someone in a #MAGA hat is attacked by someone from the “tolerant left.”