A peaceful spring evening on West Magnolia Avenue was disrupted recently by a roving gang of hooligans.
They wore red hats.
Bartenders from at least two Magnolia outposts reported encounters March 18 with four men harassing and bullying patrons, then playing the victim when challenged.
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Now who does that sound like?
None of the bartenders called police, and so far the description of the mostly young men is sketchy.
But they were all wearing the same hat.
It said, “Make America Great Again.”
“They are being cut off here,” one bartender wrote on Facebook.
“Do not serve them! They’ve had four bottles of wine [among] them! They’re finished!”
Another bartender called them “hateful and rude” and said they were provoking others.
The Fort Worth Weekly quoted other witnesses saying the men accused patrons of being “hippie liberals” and used anti-gay slurs, which makes them sound more like time travelers from Burnett Park 1968 and the big George Wallace campaign rally.
Magnolia’s hipster growler-bar crowd immediately began to circle the flagons.
“Let’s try to be the bigger people and not treat them as poorly,” one of the bartenders wrote.
One of the men signed a receipt and left an odd-looking tip ending in a squared-off “.99.” In a photo, it almost looks like an urban-graffiti “SS.”
This may be the kind of personal encounter that has helped Trump to a 63 percent disapproval rate in the latest national poll by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling.
Trump is less popular than either Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz, according to the poll, but not nearly as unpopular as Congress or former Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Trump is also the only Republican candidate who would lose soundly to either Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
(Since Trump seems bent on alienating women voters, American Muslims and Americans born here to foreigners, he’ll need a lot more Red Cap Guys to win.)
Look, I realize the counter-Trump crowd can be obnoxious, too.
But I haven’t heard of any Bernie Sanders supporters going out to pick arguments at some Haltom City fraternal hall.
Other Republicans, including some regular Magnolia bar patrons, quickly took to social media to post apologies for the Red Cap Guys.
Blame it on Trump Wine.