Sarah Huckabee Sanders Gets Kicked Out of Restaurant

The owner apparently doesn't like President Trump
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2018 12:40 PM CDT
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question during the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, June 4, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Sarah Huckabee Sanders went out for dinner Friday night in Lexington, Virginia—for a couple of minutes, at least. A server briefly attended to Sanders and her family at the Red Hen until the owner recognized Sanders and had the lot thrown out, CBS News reports. "I just served Sarah huckabee sanders for a total of 2 minutes before my owner kicked her out along with 7 of her other family members," an apparent Red Hen waiter posted on Facebook. Sanders confirmed the incident, tweeting that "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."

Others took to Yelp and social media to praise or vilify the restaurant owner, who remains unidentified and hasn't spoken to the press, the Guardian reports. "Better not speak while you’re there because if the staff disagrees with you they will toss you out," writes Michael McNamara Sr on the Red Hen's Facebook page. "Why bother with the hassle? Plenty of real restaurants who serve everyone." On the Dem side, a post from Sapphire Cianfriglia: "I appreciate how you decided to take a moral standing against an administration that is essentially emulating Nazi Germany (locking up children, letting white supremacists march freely in the streets, etc)." Sanders' ejection comes only days after two Trump officials behind the "zero tolerance" immigration policy—Stephen Miller and Kirstjen Nielsen—were hounded out of Mexican restaurants. (Read more Sarah Huckabee Sanders stories.)

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