Red Hen employees didn't feel comfortable waiting on U.S. press secretary: Owner
July 3, 2018
Not one to let any slight go unchallenged, Donald Trump used the power of his presidency June 25 to attack a small restaurant in Lexington, Va.
Tweeting to his 53 million followers that "The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders."
The controversy began when Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the Red Hen asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to leave Friday night because of her job at the White House.
Local media quoted Wilkinson as saying her employees didn't feel comfortable waiting on Sanders.
The news spread when Sanders posted it on Twitter, saying the owner's actions, "say far more about her than about me."
This follows an incident last week when protesters confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant.
At an immigration protest Saturday Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a consistent foe of Trump's, urged people continue to confront Trump staffers in public.
But House minority leader Nancy Pelosi on Twitter made it clear that she was not on board with that, writing that "In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again. Trump's daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable."
Outraged Sanders supporters have begun leaving negative reviews of the restaurant online.
One said Wilkinson's actions were, "unprofessional" and "disrespectful."
But others rallied to the Red Hen's support, saying, "Thank you for being true Patriots and true Americans. You have a right to refuse service to evil people."
Local media say the restaurant was closed Saturday night, so customers wouldn't be exposed to quote — "any potential unpleasantness from outside entities."
— Jonah Green, Reuters