“You may be hungry,” Fox News’ Malia Zimmerman reports, “but you can’t eat here.” She is, of course, talking about Honolulu’s Café 8 ½.
This eclectic mom and pop eatery serves up Italian fare that normally gets four- and five-star reviews on Yelp. But not on Wednesday, thanks to the legions of bilious Donald Trump supporters angered by a handwritten sign on bright yellow paper the owners taped to the door.
‘If you voted for Trump, you cannot eat here! No Nazis.’
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 27, 2016
Yelp’s Café 8 ½ is now on “Active Cleanup Alert” thanks to the deluge of one-star reviews from ticked off Trump voters like the one below.
There are also plenty of suspiciously negative one-star reviews that don’t mention the sign but which all seem to be date-stamped 12/28/2016.
Some locals who actually live in Honolulu and patronize the restaurant have chimed in with positive reviews to boost Café 8 1/2’s sagging ratings…But the Trump voters’ negativity is overwhelming. The review below comes from a neighbor who very pointedly mentions that he’s in the U.S. military to show Donald Trump’s brown-shirted minions that they don’t own patriotism and freedom of speech.
Strange how the same people who seem perfectly fine with bakeries refusing to make wedding cakes for LGBT couples (and who likely would have had no issues with restaurants refusing to serve blacks and other people of color back in the Jim Crow era) are in an uproar over this. A minority of mostly-white voters have unleashed cruel and destructive forces on a vast majority of their fellow Americans, and now they object to the small price they have to pay: The anger and disgust of people they’ve long held in contempt.
Willes Lee, a former Hawaii Republican Party chair and current president of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, whined to Fox News about the sign being discriminatory like the “racist and hate-filled” days that are supposedly in the past.
Lee, who is of Japanese descent, declared:
‘Remember when Filipinos couldn’t go in certain places, or Japanese wouldn’t be allowed [in] many homes? And, it didn’t matter who they voted for.’
Well, thanks to his and his fellow Republicans’ support for Donald Trump, those days may very well return. But here’s the difference. Unlike people of color, Trump voters can “pass” as normal people by choosing not to wear related T-shirts, hats, buttons and other gear.
The yellow sign may make a few people feel unwelcome. But pro-Trump gear makes an awful lot of us not only feel unwelcome, but unsafe as well. Even if the owners of Café 8 ½ didn’t feel as strongly as they do, could you blame them for not wanting people in their restaurant wearing logos and slogans that might disturb or scare off their customers?
Jali Warner told Fox news only three people complained about the sign, and really, her husband Robert simply wants customers to know how he feels about Donald Trump.
‘Robert just wants to express how much he doesn’t like Trump. If people take it personally or it hurts them, we cannot help. That’s why we say they have [a] choice if they want to come or not come. We don’t force them.’
“We don’t want to create trouble,” Jali added. “There is enough trouble in the world.”
Fox also notes that like the majority of Americans, Hawaii’s voters “overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton.”
‘Hawaii overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton during the Nov. 8 election, and historically has supported Democrats in local and national races. In fact, just six Republicans are in the 51-member House, and the 25-member Senate is GOP-free.’
Watch: Fox “reports” on Café 8 ½’s no Trump voters sign.