White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been kicked out of a restaurant reportedly because she works for Donald Trump.
Jaike Foley-Schultz, who claims he is a waiter at the Red Hen in Virginia, shared a post on Facebook that said his boss kicked out the press secretary and her party. It happened on Friday.
The post went viral when the director of Clean Virginia, a left-leaning energy non-profit, shared the post on Twitter, along with a handwritten note purportedly from the restaurant which said: “86 — Sara (sic) Huckabee Sanders.”
The term “86” is restaurant shorthand for cutting people off, asking them to leave or throwing them out.
Ms Sanders confirmed she was asked to leave in a tweet on Sunday.
“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for [President Trump] and I politely left,” the press secretary tweeted.
She also got in a dig, noting being asked to leave said more about the owner than her.
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As has become common when a business stirs up controversy, the restaurant’s Yelp and Facebook pages have been flooded by reviewers weighing in on Ms Sanders being given the boot.
“Decides who can and who cannot dine based on their employment or political affiliations. What a despicable business model! Poor decision by owners and management,” one reviewer wrote on Yelp.
Another claimed to have seen Ms Sanders getting kicked out.
“I was dining at the Red Hen and witnessed them rudely refuse service to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I was disgusted and appalled by the incident. I will never eat at this establishment again,” they wrote.
Facebook was not much different.
But not everyone was critical of the owner’s decision.
“Best restaurant in the world. Owner has her head screwed on straight,” one reviewer wrote.
“I only wish I lived closer so I could eat here every night. Thank you for being brave, I’m sure you’re going to be threatened by all sorts of troglodytes. Stand tall, there are more of us than there are of them.”
In a similar incident, Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled by activists as she dined at a Mexican restaurant on Tuesday.
The protesters chanted “shame” repeatedly at the woman who has become the frontline defender of the Trump administration’s widely condemned practice of separating migrant children from their parents.
“How can you enjoy a Mexican dinner as you’re deporting, imprisoning tens of thousands of people who come here seeking asylum in the United States?” one of the activists cried out in a 10-minute video the group posted on social media.
Ms Nielsen left the dinner early.