Actress Alyssa Milano calls red Trump MAGA hats ‘the new white hoods’

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 5:50 PM

UNICEF ambassador Aylssa Milano poses for a picture at the Baccarat 3rd Annual Lighting of Rodeo coming together with the childrens charity UNICEF November 18, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.
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UNICEF ambassador Aylssa Milano poses for a picture at the Baccarat 3rd Annual Lighting of Rodeo coming together with the childrens charity UNICEF November 18, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.(Toby Canham/Getty Images)

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano compared President Donald Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” ball caps to the “white hoods” of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Milano made the comparison in a social media post Sunday.

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“The red MAGA hat is the new white hood,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself,” she said.

Milano was responding to the controversy surrounding a group of mostly white teenagers from a Catholic high school in Kentucky and a Native American veteran at the Lincoln Memorial Friday.

Initial media reports slammed the students for what appeared to be their disrespect for Native American veteran Nathan Phillips, who was attending the Indigenous Peoples March before encountering the teens. The teens had just had a run-in with a group of African-American Hebrew Israelites, once considered a terrorist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann later said members of the Israelites were hurling insults at them.

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Phillips, an Omaha elder and well-known activist, moved in between the two groups while chanting and playing a drum.

In video of the incident, the Catholic students appeared to be jeering at Phillips, and Sandmann was seen on camera having an apparent standoff with the elder. 

By Sunday, Covington Catholic High School had apologized for the incident and said it was investigating.

Sandmann also released a statement Sunday, saying the students weren’t to blame and did nothing wrong.

Longer clips of video showed various angles of the incident and prompted people in Covington to defend the teens.

The teens were in Washington to attend then March for Life rally.