Sarah Sanders said she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because she works for Trump | Tech News
- Reuters/Carlos Barria
- White House Press Secretary tweeted Saturday she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump.
- The incident comes days after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House adviser Stephen Miller were confronted while dining in Washington, DC Mexican restaurants.
White House Press Secretary tweeted Saturday she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump.
Sanders said the owner of the Red Hen in Lexington, VA told her to leave the restaurant Friday night.
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
The story first circulated on Twitter Friday night after Brennan Gilmore, the executive director of the progressive group Clean Virginia, tweeted a picture of a piece of paper that partially read “86 – Sarah Huckabee Sanders.” The tweet also said Sanders was “kicked out” because “the owner didn’t want to serve her and her party out of moral conviction.”
— Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) June 23, 2018
A Friday Facebook post from waiter Jaike Foley-Schultz said he served her “a total of 2 minutes” before the owner asked her to leave and she agreed. Foley-Schultz specified that Sanders’ “family left on their own accord, we didn’t actually refuse service or ‘kick her out.’”
Sanders’ father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, weighed in on the news as well.
“Bigotry,” he wrote in response to his daughter’s tweet. “On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the ‘Hate Plate’. And appetizers are ‘small plates for small minds.’”
Friday’s incident comes days after other Trump officials were confronted in Washington, DC restaurants.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s dinner was interrupted by protestors, after which she left. Meanwhile, White House adviser Stephen Miller was called a fascist while he was out at a separate dinner. Both were dining at Mexican restaurants.
Nielsen and Miller have largely been the public face of the administration’s controversial “zero tolerance”policy and separation of immigrant families who cross the US-Mexico border illegally.