Restaurant Owner Who Kicked Out WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders: “I would do the same thing again”..

The Washington Post interviews Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the Red Hen restaurant, who kicked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family out for holding political views Ms. Wilkinson finds abhorrent.  The expressed hypocrisy is typical of the progressive worldview.

Apparently Ms. Wilkinson was not at the restaurant at the time, her staff called her at home asking what they should do. Wilkinson told the Washington post “that her restaurant and its half-dozen servers and cooks had managed to stay in business for 10 years by keeping politics off the menu.” “And she knew — she believed — that Sarah Huckabee Sanders worked in the service of an “inhumane and unethical” administration. That she publicly defended the president’s cruelest policies, and that that could not stand.”

Wilkinson Family

Several Red Hen employees are gay, she said. They knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military. This month, they had all watched her evade questions and defend a Trump policy that caused migrant children to be separated from their parents.

[…] “Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson told her staff, she said. “They said ‘yes.’ ”

[…] she walked up to the press secretary’s chair.

“I said, ‘I’m the owner,’ ” she recalled, ” ‘I’d like you to come out to the patio with me for a word.’ ”

They stepped outside, into another small enclosure, but at least out of the crowded restaurant.

“I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.

“I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’ ”  Sanders’s response was immediate, Wilkinson said: ” ‘ That’s fine. I’ll go.’ ”

[…]  Wilkinson had no regrets about her decision.

“I would have done the same thing again,” she said  “We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one.”

As she headed out the door to a weekend Main Street festival she had helped organize, she sounded hopeful that the Red Hen could open for business as usual Saturday night. Yes, she had seen calls for #MAGA protests on Facebook. “But this is a small enough town, and we’re known,” she said optimistically. “This is not going to be a giant surprise to anyone.” (read more)

This will not end well for the Wilkinson family, their business interests, or the employees who found their tender sensibilities too triggered by the appearance of a Trump supporter in their restaurant.

The intersection of business and politics is littered with the carcases of failed enterprise who made similar decisions.  The NFL, Macy’s, Starbucks, Target, etc. The list is long and the stupid is strong.  Never underestimate the ability of a public business to destroy itself.  No policy is ever idiot-proof, merely idiot resistant; and there are always newer, bigger and more stupid idiots even in the sandwich business.

In the mind of a far-left progressive they believe their insane political perspectives are the only views that matter.  They consistently over-estimate their geographical support, and find their need for superiority such that it affords them a bizarre moral right to force their positions upon others.

Control is a reaction to fear. Think in terms or politics and society – the fear behind liberalism is the fear that someone might withhold things (opportunities, money, whatever) from me.

Fear that if you live your life in a way I dislike that it might affect my life; fear that if you get that job, there will be nothing left for me. Fear that if you make tons of money, it’s means there’s less money out there for me.

So people who believe in liberal ideologies seek control as a means of trying to create guarantees and safeguards against those circumstances they fear. Liberals try to control the world and people to enable their comfort and happiness. Which, as we know, is an endless quest.

Trying to control others does nothing in the way of making oneself happy. By extension, voting in this mindset so that government can try to control others will also –shockingly– not lead to a happier, more comfortable life.

The conservative (and moderate, independent, but for the sake of expediency, the conservative), on the other hand, relies on herself to meet her own needs. And the trade-off of being free to live her life as she wishes is also understanding that she has to make peace with how you live yours.

By extension, aware that she wants to be able to hold onto this liberty and freedom forever, the conservative votes accordingly, so that everyone can remain free and in charge of his or her own life.

But here’s the crucial difference, perhaps, particularly where misery on the left stems: The conservative does not worry, so to speak, about you. The conservative knows that you were born with the same access to self-love, self-empowerment, self-determination and self-reliance that we all were, no matter the circumstances into which you were born. Think about the millions of people this country has allowed to crawl up from poverty into prosperity – the conservative KNOWS this is possible.

And the conservative believes that if you want prosperity, or a good job, or a good education, you can make it happen – but you have to work hard. The conservative hopes and intends that the free markets bring you all of the affordable and positive opportunities and resources that you need. The conservative also knows that on the other side of that hard work is great reward – material and, more importantly, emotional, spiritual and mental.

The conservative understands that not only is it a waste of time to try to control you, it’s actually impossible. Humans were born to be free; and if we put a roadblock in front of you, you’ll find another way around it.

So we see attempts at control as a waste of resources, energy and time at best, and at worst, creating detrimental results that serve to hinder people’s upward mobility or teach dependence. We see much more efficiency, as well as endless opportunity, in leaving you to your own devices. And we want the same in return.

This is where democrats miss-view republicans as heartless. But really, the conservative believes that there is one and one path only to sustainable success and independence – and that is self-empowerment. All other avenues – welfare, affirmative action, housing loans you can’t actually afford – ultimately risk doing a disservice to people as they teach dependence on special circumstances, the govt, or arbitrary assistance (that can disappear tomorrow). And the real danger – they will ALWAYS backfire, and leave the recipient in equally or more dire circumstances. Any false improvement will always expire.

The conservative believes in abundance. The liberal believes in scarcity.

The conservative believes man is born free and will be who he is, no matter what arbitrary limitations or rules are put on him. The liberal believes man is perfectible, and by extension, believes a society at large is perfectible, and command and control is justified in the quest to a “perfect” utopian society. (Sounds familiar!)

The conservative tends to be more faithful – and not necessarily in God, but in the ability of the individual to find great strength in himself (or from his God) to get what he needs and to be successful. Therefore the conservative has an outlet for his fear and disappointment – trust and faith in something bigger. The liberal believes the system must be perfected in order to enable success. Therefore disappointment is channeled as anger and blame at the system. Voids are left to be filled by faith in the govt, which they surely then want to come in and “fix” things.

And therein lies the roots of love and fear respectively. For the conservative, when life presents great struggles, she knows she has the power to surmount them. Happiness stems from internal strength and perseverance. For the liberal, when life presents great struggles, the system failed, therefore they were at the mercy of a faulty system, and they believe that only when the system is fixed can their life improve.

A progressive liberals’ happiness is built on systemic contingencies, which they will then seek to control or expect someone else to.

One blames herself.  The other blames anyone and everyone but herself. And there it is. There’s where the origin of hate comes from.

The liberal ideology causes that person to cast anger at the world when things go wrong or appear “unfair.”  She constantly chooses only to see the “injustices” – and that makes for a very miserable, mean, toxic, shallow, blame-casting existence.

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1,178 Responses to Restaurant Owner Who Kicked Out WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders: “I would do the same thing again”..

  1. bullnuke says:

    For every rat you see, there are fifty you can’t see.

    Liked by 9 people

  2. Rex says:

    In reference to the lovely family photo..
    Which one is Stephanie ?

    Liked by 6 people

    • kea says:

      Hard to see. I see beta ‘males’.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Benson II says:

        Gutless male raising another gutless male. Pathetic.

        I know and understand there are a thousand other things that show the downfall of a sane, common sense society but………..wearing a pussy hat by anyone of either sex in public or in a march has to be about as low as any person can go when trying to influence anyone to their way of thinking. Their stupidity really is endless.

        You know what I would really love to see. I’d love to see a comedy routine by George Carlin talking about pussy hats. Only Carlin’s unique talent for ridicule could do justice to what I think about it.

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  3. Old Buffalo says:

    Whatever happened to “Co-exist”?

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  4. waltherppk says:

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    • Dave says:

      Gee, what a location, so close to an intersection! A jihadist’s truck on the rampage can literally turn it into a drive-thru! Motive: You know how they feel about gay people. Another reason anybody not to eat there!

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  5. kea says:

    SD thank you. Wonderful article. No one has explained this so well until you came along. Thank you.

    This bitter person what else can I add. Just that I too think that the Hen house will be closed sooner rather then later. She might get some idiots who show up but by next week she’ll be old news and the dems will have dropped her like a hot potato.

    Also for people who want to order something why throw money at them even a few dollars worth. Order water. I too would not trust the food.

    Side note: I find myself wanting to write Sarah a short handwritten little note saying thank you and hang in there.

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    • sedge2z says:

      this msg re The Red Hen to brennan m gilmore, executive director @ clean_virginia :
      More
      Replying to @brennanmgilmore @PressSec
      The Trump Administration people will never, ever eat food at a restaurant again, that doesn’t have boogers or spit in it.

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  6. Sound An Alarm says:

    Dear Sarah, Let’s look at this a different way – you are a Christian, coming from a fine Christian family. I believe God may have seen that these radical sodomites (Biblical term), were planning to introduce harmful/disgusting things into your food and that of your family. Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the first time. If the sodomites were triggered by your presence that does show their state of mind and the “self righteousness” of those restaurant personnel shows a bent towards radicalism.
    1 Corinthians 10:13 may apply. He made a way for your to escape. God is Good, ALL the time!

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    • Alison Swain says:

      Until further notice, I’d advise all identifiable Trump admin personnel and Republican officials, when dining out, to not show up to the table until the food has already arrived. These Leftist vermin are not to be trusted.

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  7. kea says:

    Hmmm had she done this to any of O’s people. I’m sure we all know the answer to that.

    Now honest question had Sarah been a man had they asked her to leave? Seeing them target a lot of females…. so much for the ‘sisterhood’…. rollseyes

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  8. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Good read on what Hillary and her recalcitrant followers are.

    https://www.hoover.org/research/hillarys-hamartia

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  9. Bonitabaycane says:

    The Left has run the economy the same way it runs the Red Hen.

    What an excellent business model for bankruptcy. /s

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  10. kinthenorthwest says:

    Should Stephanie Wilkinson of Main Street Lexington be able to keep her position as Director?
    Look up “Historic Downtown Lexington Virginia” on FB
    Its 2nd article on their site and is a poll. Turns out Wilkinson is a director on the “Historic Downtown Lexington Virginia”
    1st Article is “Historic Downtown Lexington Virginia” apology for what Wilkinson did

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  11. Bonitabaycane says:

    Does the Red Hen serve Illegal Aliens? 🙂 ? /s

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  12. kea says:

    How did this idiot keep this busness open for 10 years…. oh wait I saw what was before Trump…. never mind

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  13. Blue Ridge Mts Va says:

    Bob Goodlatte invites Sarah Huckabee Saunders back to Lexington Va after the Red Hen Incident

    “Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte has invited White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders back to Lexington, Virginia, saying the rude reception she received at the Red Hen restaurant didn’t reflect the “kind and caring people” of his district.”

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/24/bob-goodlatte-invites-sarah-huckabee-sanders-back-/

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  14. Bonitabaycane says:

    I would like to see Ben Carson and Justice Clarence Thomas get kicked out of the Red Hen. 🙂 /s

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  15. floridahoosier93 says:

    We must serve them, but they can deny service to us. Sounds like liberal logic to me.

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  16. Excellent! If she had started a scene that was political, I would then understand asking her to leave, but she was only eating. Terrible way to treat customers.

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  17. Maggie says:

    And let’s not forget the most deadliest sin: Pride. The left is always yapping about pride. And the reason pride is the deadliest sin is that it negates God and His holy, miraculous grace altogether, leaving a YUGE void for these poor snowflakey types. And what fills the void but Despair, the evil one’s favorite, which leads to addiction of all types.
    It’s hard praying for these people, but they are God’s children too. There is no group who is in more need of prayer than prog libs. Their lives are filled with toxic poison.
    I get tired of praying for them because they are such tough nuts to crack.

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  18. Cooper45 says:

    The left’s outrage about Nazi’s in the White House is misdirected. The brown shirt imitating “protestors or bullies” are on the left, not the Conservative right. They are at the universities, at restaurants and increasingly at any other possible venue in most cities where the 2 political sides might meet. Some Conservative media pundits talk about their concerns and express their fears about where all the threats and shaming of Trump supporters will lead, but nothing about how to fight back rather than just walk out and let the left claim another victory. Some propose boycotts, but Hannity and others oppose boycotts.

    When the Secretary of Homeland Security is driven out of a restaurant by lefty brown shirt imitators for doing her job according to the law and the Press Secretary of the President of the United States of America is asked to leave because she is not worthy of being served, then it’s obvious which side is winning the battle.

    Will Conservatives continue to “quietly” leave venues when yelled at by a mob of crazed emboldened lefties or ordered to leave by a politically biased owner rather than fight back. When will it be time to stand up for their rights and their beliefs and refuse to be shamed as unworthy and inferior like those brave patrons that refused to leave café sit ins during the civil rights’ movement of the sixties.

    Certainly, there is a limit to this passivity. Sarah Sanders and Kirstjen Nielsen are strong and courageous women but their decisions to leave might not be the best example of leadership against an unrelenting and well organized crazed “resistance.” Until this growing threat is challenged and pushed back hard it will only grow stronger and more crazed and confident, like all bullies. These are government leaders being bullied and shamed out of restaurants and not state sponsored storm troopers doing the attacking. This does not inspire confidence in gov’t leadership. I’m not calling for violence except in self defense when you are threatened by a mob or being attacked but quietly walking out is also not how you win battles either.

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    • Indimex says:

      With all due respect, Sarah had her children with her. We know what the Red Hen types are capable of. No way would I ever risk exposing my own, or others’children to their stomach turning antics. This is what’s known as, Grace under fire. Well done.

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      • Cooper45 says:

        The actions of the owner are even more despicable with children involved. I didn’t see that mentioned. Thanks for the clarification Indimex. However, I believe Kirstjen had her husband and no children with her in addition to security with her when she left . Is that correct?

        As I made clear, both women are strong and courageous women but does this now mean that any concerned Trump supporter parent with children should not go out to any restaurant that MIGHT harbor anti Trump hatred? How do you know when or where the next incident will occur?

        The evil left’s organized tactic is to shame and slander all Trumpists and keep them quietly in a box.They are claiming consecutive victories and becoming more aggressive and determined. These 2 impressive women hold 2 of the highest positions in gov’t.

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    • spren says:

      I would much rather leave than be concerned over what they might have done to my food. Better yet is to know what kind of establishment it is and make the choice to go elsewhere.

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  19. Harry Lime says:

    It’s a heckuva business model…

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  20. PopeSPS says:

    I have told each and every one of my employees a few basic rules, not the least of which is that the best way to deal with a customer you don’t like is to take their money.

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  21. Cooper45 says:

    Unfortunately, the Trump admin has a largely weakly led, Mueller-distracted, troubled Deep State DOJ and an FBI in need of repair but being exposed for its past misdeeds almost daily. So, useful assistance from either of these agencies is unlikely. I wonder how many past and present officials in the DOJ and FBI have texted their support for self admitted anti Trump resistance member Allison Hrabar?

    Can anyone imagine what would have happened if the Conservative owner of a restaurant had allowed Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary to be bullied out of their restaurant by a crazed mob or his Press Secretary told to leave because of Obama’s policies. If they’d been black, it would have been a slam dunk Civil Rights violation but if he/she was a Caucasian, Eric Holder and Obama would still have taken some type of direct action and the politically corrupt Dem MSM would be destroying those owners and their businesses 24/7. You can’t win a war by being weaker than your opponent and fighting by a loser set of rules that emboldens the enemy.

    I’m not a lawyer but unless the Red Hen owner placed a sign at her entrance that read: “Trump supporters or any of his Admin. officials and those not wearing a shirt or shoes will not be served,” the order to leave should be challenged in court. The owner proudly admits and boasts about her actions but she failed to warn her patrons about her hateful biases and intentions to order Trump officials out—after they have been seated. Nobody in America should walk into a “public accommodation” and sit down at a table without prior warning or knowledge that they will be not be served and will be shamed and ordered to leave.

    Places of public accommodation like restaurants can not refuse to serve anyone based on race, color, religion or national origin and 20 states (?) prohibit sexual discrimination but it appears political hatred is acceptable. But the radically biased owner should have posted a sign warning her potential patrons including Press Secretaries that they will be asked to leave. It appears that unless there is a state, federal or local law prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations against a particular group of people, (ie Trump supporters) they can legally refuse to serve that group of people. But Sarah or the DOJ should sue the restaurant for failure to post a warning sign that “her group” is not welcome. The newsworthy court case could force other public accommodations in the nation to post similar politically divisive signs before they can legally order any peaceful, paying customer out of their establishment.

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    • peace says:

      They didn’t refuse to serve her; instead, they requested that she leave and she complied. Had she demanded to be served then the story would be different.

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      • Cooper45 says:

        peace:

        Sarah’s tweet:
        “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’s tweet states she was “told to leave.” If a manager or a flunky of the manager of any business told me to leave their venue, I would not take it as an optional statement,
        Usually, if you refuse the request, the next line is “I’ve told you to leave my restaurant and if you fail to comply, I will have to call the police.

        I’m not criticizing the incredible Super Sarah in any way but it’s too bad she felt her children were in danger because I would definitely have refused and challenged the owner due to no prior sign warning and then not eaten the food. If a business decides a specific group of people is evil and unwanted they should have let them know before they entered as I rattled on and in my overdone verbose posts.

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  22. pnj01 says:

    Who owns Ecuador? Ecuadorians.
    Who owns Zimbabwe? Zimbabweeans.
    Who owns America? EVERYBODY and No One, at least according to the FECKLESS RUNTS (e.g., Nancy, Chuck and the RINOs).

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  23. pnj01 says:

    I was just looking at the picture of the Wilkerson Family. I noticed the son’s pink pussy hat is a much deeper pink than the father’s. Which do people think is the prettier in pink?

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  24. PotP says:

    Just remember VMI employs the pink uterus hat wearing co-owner.

    Think about that before sending your children there.

    http://vmi.edu/about/administration/

    https://postview.vmi.edu/WebAdvisor1/html/contactus.html

    http://vmi.edu/about/administration/superintendents-office/about-general-peay/

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    • Benson II says:

      I’m to old for this sh!te. Anyone wearing a hat saying it represents a pussy needs to be ridiculed at work or play and ostracized from any public venue, so violently they vow to never do anything so stupid and obnoxious again.

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  25. Great article with many good points. I just wish there is a way to try and heal the divide. If Sarah could just state, “I understand your point of view, when you get the chance, could you hear my point of view, Lunch tomorrow, I’ll pay?”
    But to walk away, yes very ladylike, but, a missed opportunity, We need to start striking up a conversation.
    I have conversations all the time on the street, while in line at the store.
    This woman has her views, good for her, but, President Trump is the first President ever to mention the gay community at the GOB Convention when he accepted the nomination. He told Ms. Jenner, he had no problem which bathroom she/he used. Transgender is a problem in the military because while they are getting their procedures done while taking hormones-they are not serving it is a couple of years project, and they are not 100%, so why be in the military-just to get free surgery?
    Also President Trump has gay persons in his administration, and many in the community have absolutely no problem with this President.
    So, you see, missed an opportunity in order to explain facts instead of innuendos.
    If we are ever to solve any problems and let our President do what needs to be done these divisions need to be healed, facts need to be known, we need to get beyond the mainstream media.
    God bless Sarah and our President and the whole administration.
    Please, if you have an opportunity, rise above, invite them in for a chat.

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    • nimrodman says:

      “a missed opportunity, We need to start striking up a conversation.”

      clearmorning, what leads you to believe that Leftists WANT a “conversation”?

      would that be like the “conversation about race” that they’ve been badgering us to have for a decade or more, which devolves to them screaming “Racist !!!” at us?

      are you not observing current events?

      a “conversation” … that’s rich!

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      • Have you tried??? I have, many times, I admit I lost with my daughter, but with several others I have won, by just bringing out facts, that they did not know, and with a person such as Sarah and the position she was in, she just might have….
        But if your negative from the git-go, as in never, then the Coup to destroy this nation has succeeded to permanently divide this nation, a civil war 2.0 is just a short time away!

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      • Issy says:

        I have to agree with you. While clearmorning is offering a rational approach, these people are not rational. They don’t want a conversation, they want their way.

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  26. Mike diamond says:

    We love you Sarah! The red hen just looks so old and unhealthy,!!!!!!

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  27. Francine Hutcheson says:

    Sk tbey worked 10 years to keep politics out of hdr bjsiness yet ehen Sarah anf family come in the staff feel compelled to call her? Sojnds lime polutjs was strong in her business…

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  28. American Male says:

    mods

    please check the bin for my post on looking at homes in Virginia and the difference in “culture” between cities and rural areas

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  29. Bonitabaycane says:

    Let me get this straight.

    The Red Hen supports Open Boarders for illegal aliens.

    But the restaurant wants a wall to keep Conservative American citizens out of the Red Hen.

    Let that sink in.

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  30. Cooper45 says:

    Any identified Trump supporter should,be wary of any food served to them. If Sarah and Kirjsten had grudgingly been served after objecting, it would have been wise for them not to eat the food and instead place it in an evidence bag for analysis of possible contaminants.

    A Conservative group (like Project Veritas) should send out identified Trump supporters to buy fast food or restaurant items in a proactive campaign to learn the truth. If it becomes publicly known it might discourage lefties from adding undesirables to food.

    A sick fool I previously worked with decades ago bragged to his co-workers about the time he was a cook and what he did to the food of people (ie a woman that rejected him) he did not like. Body fluids are the most common substances but surveillance cameras etc have caught more than a few reprobates adding much worse. Add the crazed hate of lefties and you have a “recipe” of potential food abuses.

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  31. jackokie says:

    This weekend I had the privilege of meeting a young soldier who is being deployed to the middle east. His father, from Mexico, established residency and over time was able to bring his family to this country. This soldier said his father was barely literate, had started with virtually nothing, but through hard work and sacrifice, now owned several houses and was in the construction business with his brothers. Most impressive to me was that this young soldier started paying rent to his parents when he reached the age of 18. We talked about how this story has been repeated countless times since the United States was founded: It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it’s where you’re going – follow the rules, work hard, and you and success will meet up. I pray to God that we can preserve this exceptional country.

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  32. Rainy says:

    Sarah should have hit her with truth bombs out there on the patio…..like say you know Red Hen that Trump is only enforcing existing law. Red Hen could have been serving minced meat after that.

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  33. TULIO PEREZ SERRANO says:

    I believe that inclusiveness other than race, gender, beliefs, etc., is about accepting other people’s, opinions, rights and political views.
    This episode shows just poor education, bias and an all to common contradiction of thought and behavior, not nice at all 👎👎👎

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  34. jf86 says:

    From the Lexington mayor… “Stephanie is a kind and respectful human being,” Lexington Mayor Frank Friedman said. He added that he respects Wilkinson’s right to refuse service, though he hasn’t spoken to her yet and isn’t sure why she made the decision.

    “The hubbub and divisive, venomous things people have said and written on Facebook are disappointing,” Friedman said. “I’m just sorry that Stephanie and the press secretary couldn’t have a drink together and talk about differences and figure out a way to coexist.”

    Given the town relies on tourism this is a rather odd reply! I doubt seriously that if the shoe were on the other foot the mayor would respond in similar fashion. As a long term “Lexingtonian” I’m frankly embarrassed at the direction this once very friendly town is taking!
    j86f

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.roanoke.com/news/local/prominent-lexington-business-owner-asks-trump-s-press-secretary-to/article_916a0e10-50a8-51b6-b891-51acba84043d.amp.html

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  35. Mist'ears Mom says:

    I posted on Yelp that any business owner who runs their business based on how their employees “feel” won’t be in business long. What a complete moron this women is.
    From the article:
    Apparently Ms. Wilkinson was not at the restaurant at the time, her staff called her at home asking what they should do. Wilkinson told the Washington post “that her restaurant and its half-dozen servers and cooks had managed to stay in business for 10 years by keeping politics off the menu.”
    […] “Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson told her staff, she said. “They said ‘yes.’ (Well of course they did)
    That is her reasoning why she had to act- “some of her employees were ‘uncomfortable”-give me a frickin break.
    Her “employees” of which there were six-6-called her at home to ask her what they should do!!!
    Think about that…
    She then drives over to the restaurant to “see” for herself and to her “ask her employees what they want her to do”? I’d be like …You want a paycheck? STHU and do your J O B!
    No nothing political or wrong with this-she blatantly made this an issue-she must be so proud of herself for asking the inhumane and unethical (POS-Trump admin) press secretary to leave her restaurant- bravo – way to go!
    Oh the sheeple think you are a the pillar of morals-that’s hysterical-actually you are a nobody craving attention and recognition for your political agenda, there as nothing moral about what you did.
    The red hen new business model- customer “why aren’t you open”…owner “my employees didn’t ‘feel’ like coming into work today” …
    Perfect analysis Sundance.

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  36. Just to be a bit contrarian here. Lets give this woman credit for being a successful capitalist in a tough business. She and her husband must have to renovate that old red brick building. She should be with us but instead throws in with the kooky and sexually fluid left.
    Though I have a sneaking suspicion that she is a trust funder and this “farm to table” eatery might be a semi-hobby for her.

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  37. Blue Ridge Mts Va says:

    A Go Fund Me Page is being pushed for the snowflakes at the Red Hen. This is some more stupidity.

    GoFundMe Campaign Seeks To Help Va. Restaurant That Kicked Out White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

    “LEXINGTON, Va, (CBS) — A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help a Virginia restaurant after backlash following an incident with White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders.

    Planned Parenthood Suing Department Of Health And Human Services Over Changes To Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

    According to Sanders, she was kicked out of a restaurant called the Red Hen because she works for President Donald Trump.

    Since the incident occurred, the restaurant’s Yelp review page and Facebook page has been slammed with negative comments.

    Sarah Sanders made the claim on Twitter, explaining that the owner asked her to leave.

    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 restaurant owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, confirmed that to the Washington Post, saying she did it because her staff urged her to.

    The owner also says she did it because of Sanders’ politics.

    So far Sanders hasn’t elaborated further on the incident.

    CBS News Sources: Sarah Sanders, Raj Shah Planning To Depart The White House

    According to the GoFundMe page Rewarding Red Hen’s Courage, “All donations will go to the restaurant. If they refuse or cannot accept for any reason, all donations will instead go to benefit immigrant families via a donation to Florence Project.”

    “I hope those of us who appreciate the owner’s courage in the face of immoral tyranny could spare a few bucks to offset the cost of her courage and to send a message to other business that the good people of this nation will support them if they support us,” said the campaign’s creator, Jimmy Cool.

    The campaign is trending on GoFundMe, but has not met its donation goal.”

    https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/06/24/gofundme-campaign-seeks-to-help-va-restaurant-that-kicked-out-sarah-sanders/

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  38. LULU says:

    Meanwhile here is what other restaurants named Red Hen are having to deal with:

    Online mistaken identity is not a new problem, of course, but it seems to have taken on greater urgency in the age of Trump, where disinformation is the status quo and the volume of our online discourse goes from 0 to 11 in an instant. Indeed, one would think that a response like “you have the wrong restaurant” would be enough to placate those who are out for blood—but alas.

    In the case of the D.C. Red Hen, some tweeters simply refused to believe the two were unaffiliated, while others faulted the restaurant for its “cowardly” effort to distance itself from an incident it had no part in. The Facebook post for the New Jersey-based Red Hen has attracted more than 600 comments, with many respondents arguing among themselves about the merits of asking Sanders to leave—again, something this particular restaurant did not do.

    https://www.fastcompany.com/40589023/these-red-hen-restaurants-settle-it-online-mistaken-identity-is-out-of-control

    At online forums, subjects take on a life of their own, generated and fed by the posters. They may have little or nothing to do with what actually happened. We see this all the time.

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    • nimrodman says:

      Swedesboro restaurant: We absolutely did not kick out Sarah Huckabee Sanders
      http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/red-hen-restaurant-sarah-huckabee-sanders-swedesboro-new-jersey-20180624.html

      It took only minutes for the online mob to lash out – and aim their pitchforks at the wrong target.

      “I was answering the phone every five minutes to swearing, cursing, vile things – people wishing our business would go under,” Smith said in an interview Sunday. “Their anger was really overpowering. It really stinks.”

      “The onslaught has been relentless,” Pope said. “Some people called to congratulate us, but mostly they were threatening us, saying they were going to burn us down or hurt our staff. But they all have the wrong place. We’ve probably taken about 600 phone calls related to that.”

      Some regulars, such as Tana Sammons, 67, of Swedesboro, came out Sunday specifically to support the restaurant amid the storm of negativity.

      “I thought, ‘You know what, I don’t have anything else to do today, so I’m going to walk over,’” she said. “I walked right up to the bar and said, ‘I’m here for the Sarah Sanders special.’”

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    • MGBSE says:

      “mistaken identity”…you mean like it was hillary clinton who colluded with the russians, but someone made a mistake and said it was donald trump.

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  39. Rynn69 says:

    The picture of the Wilkerson family is painful to look at. In one candid shot, any person can see what has happened to many of the former “men” of this country. It is embarrassing and sad.

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  40. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    Lexington locals, visitors weigh in on Red Hen controversy

    LEXINGTON, Va, (WDBJ7) – A restaurant in Lexington remains the center of heated discussion online and on the streets of Lexington.
    This came after President Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied a meal there Friday night.

    It was mostly quiet outside The Red Hen Sunday, but all day long people were walking by to take pictures in support of the restaurant, other boo-ing out the windows of their cars. But given Lexington’s history and political climate, some locals they’re not surprised Lexington is once again in the national spotlight.

    “And I think that it was total discrimination and to ask a dignitary, like Sarah Sanders is, to leave and it would be a privilege to serve her, I think is total discrimination,” said Ronnie Downer from Covington.

    Some agree with Downer and condemn the Red Hen owner and staff.

    “I don’t support discrimination in any facet,” said Larry Heatwole. “If that had been somebody from the Obama administration, I would be just as upset.”

    Others steadfastly are in support of the restaurant.

    “I think it was courageous for her to speak out against injustice,” said Demaree Peck, who said she is friends with the owner of the Red Hen.

    Still, some find themselves somewhere in the middle of the argument.

    “I think that no one should get turned away for anything, it’s their right to do what they’re gonna do,” said Jonathan Vance.

    The conversation is similarly polarized online. People have taken to Yelp and Facebook, rating the restaurant and the city as a whole, based on their take of the situation.

    Still, some of the locals we spoke with say they weren’t surprised Lexington is in the middle of a national conversation once again.

    ‘I’m not surprised at this at all,” Heatwole said. “I’m disappointed very much because Lexington doesn’t need this mud.”

    “I regret the polarization that’s happening in the community,” Peck said. “But I think it’s good to have constructive dialogue and conversation.”

    We’ve made multiple attempts to reach out to the owner of the Red Hen., She has not yet responded to our calls. A voicemail for the restaurant phone number also does not appear to be working.

    Twice on Sunday, Lexington’s Fire Department stopped by the restaurant. Peck said she smelled gas coming from the restaurant and called Columbia Gas. She told WDBJ7 her friend, the owner, had received death threats following the incident, so she felt the need to call the fire department out of an abundance of caution. The report of death threats had not yet been confirmed by the owner nor by the police at publication time. Police closed off the block while the fire department inspected. They left within 20 minutes and determined there was no threat of a gas leak.

    A GoFundMe in support of the restaurant had also raised $2.500 by Sunday evening, asking people to “spare a few bucks to offset the cost of her courage and to send a message to other businesses that the good people of this nation will support them if they support us.”

    http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Lexington-locals-visitors-weigh-in-on-Red-Hen-controversy–486408961.html

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  41. Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

    Interesting reply further down in that tweet linked earlier. I wonder if some/all of it is accurate.

    I guess they are serving bunch of new patrons. Oh… wait… pic.twitter.com/bYYBYodGMr— Andrei Svirkov (@AndreiSvirkov) June 24, 2018

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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    • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

      Nggghhhhh. H8 Tweaker.

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      • 180daysofkindergarten says:

        Liberalism is a mental disease that I wake up saying a silent prayer of thanks that I do not have. You’re in a fricking restaurant, you need customers, you tell one,who represents an entire group of paying customers, to leave. You poop that bed by being a moron. Consequences. Meanwhile in the People’s Republic of Portland there is another Occupy thing going on. I think they are in day 9. Anyway my young adult son was texting with his peers who were in on yesterday’s shenanigans. These morons want open borders and a living wage. Ha. My son threw the phone at one point and said there is not one bit of awareness that the main focus of their “courage” in speaking truth to power (or just camping on the street) is two things that can never coexist.
        A Mental disease that is getting scarier everyday.

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  42. Sneaky Pete says:

    I don’t go to the movies, don’t watch TV, don’t go to restaurants, don’t go to plays or sporting events,boycott stores,boycott cities, boycott states, and don’t go to any public places or event controlled by the liberal Establishment. Why? Because I despise the libs and the world they’ve created. So as much as I’d like to see the 3 pink pussies at the Red Hen have their lives unalterably changed by this, I wonder why people are surprised at the treatment of Sarah Sanders and I most particularly wonder why she’d want to frequent a weirdo lib restaurant like that. We need to boycott all lib businesses. It’s “Social Warfare” folks, and we didn’t start it, but I suggest we join it big time.

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  43. Larry says:

    So then, it was okay for Lester Maddox to bar blacks from the Pickwick Restaurant? What happened to the civil rights laws? Where are the attack lawyers? If you can bar anyone you don’t like, does that mean that segregation is back?

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  44. Comment to SD’s main post.

    Conservative vs “liberal”.
    First a (supposedly) Buddha quote:
    “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”

    Second .. please read Ayn Rand.
    “Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”

    Namaste _/\_

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  45. Mr. T. says:

    The idiot who owns the Red Hen in Lexington is causing problems for other restaurant owners whose business is also called Red Hen. I have a strong feeling that by the end of the year, the Red Hen in Lexington will be out of business. Sure, the liberals will support it for a little while, just like they tried to support the Dixie Chicks after that stunt they pulled on their European Tour. Wasn’t enough and the Dixie Chicks had to cancel many of their concerts in the states that year. Natalie “Bucket Mouth” Maines had to hire a security detail to protect her, their record sales plummeted, and they eventually stopped touring and recording because their fans, well, their former fans, couldn’t care less what happened to them. Red Hen’s owner has a right to speak her mind, just like customers have a right to spend their money elsewhere and they will.

    https://www.inquisitr.com/4956902/red-hen-restaurants-suffering-after-virginia-restaurant-refused-service-to-sarah-huckabee-sanders/

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  46. Mr. T. says:

    There’s actually a Go Fund Me page up for the bucket mouth who won’s that Red Hen in Lexington. How pathetic.

    https://www.gofundme.com/support-red-hen-restaurant-owner

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  47. M Slack says:

    Then I assume she would not serve Bill Clinton as he was the one who passed the bill first during his presidency to separate families at the border

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