The New York City subway isn’t the safest place to grab a ride, but apparently it’s a lot more dangerous if you’re wearing a Donald Trump hat.
Bronx resident Corey Cataldo, 24, told ABC7 that he was riding the uptown 5 train from Union Square to Morris Park on Friday when he unwittingly found himself in an altercation with a fellow passenger who didn’t like his “Make America Great Again” hat.
Cataldo told Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang that things got heated as the train approached the 138th Street/Grand Concourse station.
“He asked me if I’m a Trump supporter. I said ‘yeah’ and thought he’d say ‘me too.’ People have been doing that,” Cataldo said. “But no. This man was not a Trump supporter.”
According to Cataldo’s account, the man then stood up and appeared flustered.
“The next thing I know, I have hands around my neck and I’m being choked,” he said. “I try to fight him off, and another gentleman comes over, pretends like he’s going to help me and says ‘get off of him.’ He shoves me up against the wall, up against the window.”
Cataldo was finally able to escape, no thanks to the other passengers on the train, who all refused to help.
The NYPD is looking for the two men involved in the incident.
Cataldo is experiencing lingering pain in his shoulder but thankfully, an electrician by trade, he is still able to work.
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