WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday she was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, becoming the latest administration official to experience a brusque welcome in a public setting.

Sanders tweeted that she was told by the owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, that she had to “leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left.”

She said the event Friday evening said far more about the owner of the restaurant than it did about her.

“I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so,” Sanders said in the tweet from her official account, which generated 22,000 replies in about an hour.

Sanders’ treatment at the restaurant created a social media commotion with people on both sides weighing in with their critique, including her father, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

“Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the ‘Hate Plate,'” Huckabee said in a tweet, quickly generating 2,000 replies in about 30 minutes. “And appetizers are ‘small plates for small minds.'”

On Yelp, a reviewer of the restaurant from Los Angeles wrote: “Don’t eat here if you’re a Republican, wearing a MAGA hat or a patriot.”

But many reviewers were also supportive of the restaurant owner’s actions.

“12/10 would recommend. Bonus: this place is run by management who stuck up for their beliefs and who are true Americans. THANK YOU!!!!” said a reviewer from Commerce City, Colorado.

No one answered the phone at the restaurant, which was not scheduled to open until the evening. Lexington is about a three-hour drive from the nation’s capital and is in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

The separation of families trying to enter the U.S. at the southern border has intensified political differences and passions that were already at elevated levels during the Trump presidency.

Earlier in the week, Trump’s homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, cut short a working dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington after protesters shouted, “Shame!” until she left.

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Comments (2)
  1. Sue them! No matter the outcome…they’ll lose big $$$…others will think before they do something stupid!

  2. Their Yelp is already in the toilet.

    Apparently, that “restaurant” is just a glorified fast food deep fried joint that serves not fully defrosted chicken. Look at the pictures of uncooked chicken on Yelp.

    The restrooms are dirty and smelly, tables are greasy, and the whole place smells like burnt corn oil.

    Rather than running a business, these losers are busy deciding who they are going to refuse service to. The order said “ours only 86” meaning they only serve leftists, and 86 is a code for kicking a customer out of the business.

    This incident proves two things:

    1. Leftists are bigots

    2. Leftists don’t know what good food is. Serve them half frozen chicken burnt on the outside with a big helping of leftist propaganda and they will eat is up. No questions asked.

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