A Staten Island Home Depot staffer became the center of a social media storm — and received death threats — after a photo of her wearing a hat saying “America Was Never Great” surfaced on the web.
Krystal Lake, 22, was seen with the white hat at her Sunday morning shift at Home Depot in Mariners Harbor, according to the Staten Island Advance, which first reported the story.
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“The point of the hat was to say America needs changing and improvement,” Lake told the Advance. “I don’t think it’s a positive message to say, ‘Let’s look to the past.’”
The message is a direct swipe at GOP presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Lake, a Bernie Sanders supporter, told the Advance that she has received numerous death threats and biting criticism after wearing the hat.
“People have been saying really racist things to me and that they’re going to come and find me and that what I said is disgraceful and I hate America — but I don’t hate America,” Lake quipped.
“I know there are a lot of opportunities here,” Lake said. “I just wish we would worry about making America better — not ‘great again.’”