White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter to fire back at the establishment that asked her to leave, based solely on her role in the Trump administration. Now the owner of the Red Hen, a restaurant in Lexington, West Virginia, has come forward and is speaking out on the incident.
Sanders, who serves as the White House press secretary, spends her work days justifying the Trump administration’s agenda, which includes and is also not limited to taking children from their parents and building a prison for babies of illegal immigrants. This, for obvious reasons, likely contributed to her ejection from the Red Hen.
Below is Sanders take on the incident, which she insists “says far more about her than me.”
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
Now, the owner, who Sanders referred to in her tweet, has come forward to give her side of the story. Stephanie Wilkinson, owner of the Red Hen restaurant, says that despite the internet troll backlash from alt-right Republicans, she does not regret the decision to remove Sanders from the establishment.
Wilkinson, when speaking with the Washington Post, said:
‘I’m not a huge fan of confrontation. I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.’
Speaking to The Washington Post, Wilkinson said that she was at home when her staff called to inform her that the White House press secretary was dining in the restaurant. A reservation had been made but it was under her husband’s name, and therefore wasn’t an issue until Sanders’ party arrived.
Upon arriving at the Red Hen, Wilkinson says she spoke to her staff about it, asking how they felt. The majority of her staff, several of which are gay, were very uncomfortable with Sanders, specifically her defense of the Trump administration policy that is ripping families apart.
Wilkinson asked her staff:
‘Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave.’
The staff unanimously voted that Sanders leave.
Stephanie Wilkinson then politely asked if she could have a word on the patio with Sanders.
‘I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion. I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.’
Then Wilkinson told the press secretary, “I’d like to ask you to leave.”
Despite the fact that Sanders and her party left without incident, it is apparent that she intended to ruin the restaurant’s reputation by posting about the experience on Twitter. Wilkinson, a business owner with boundless integrity said, simply:
‘We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one. Whatever happens, we will soldier on. Absolutely, yes, I would have done the same thing again.’
Sarah Sanders being kicked out of an eatery comes on the heels of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen being backed out of a Mexican restaurant just days after joining Sanders during the White House daily press briefing. Nielsen took the opportunity to defend not only the incarceration of babies and children, but got an attitude with the press for doing their job.
Unfortunately for those pushing the toxic agenda put forth by the Trump administration, you don’t get to smugly insist that these immigrant children deserve what’s happening to them at the hands of the United States government and then turn around and eat peacefully at a Mexican restaurant.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen left a Mexican restaurant to chants of “shame” and “abolish ICE” in protest of the Trump administration’s policy to separate migrant families. pic.twitter.com/limUaojhIM
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) June 20, 2018
Yesterday protests began outside Nielsen’s home.
‘History will judge you. It surely will. You belong in the Hague. You’re a modern-day Nazi.’ — Protesters aren’t giving up on shaming Kirstjen Nielsen in person pic.twitter.com/S7LXQXHJbM
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) June 23, 2018
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