No Food For You: Dining Out Has Become a Chore for Team Trump Now

No Food For You: Dining Out Has Become a Chore for Team Trump Now

Washington: Does working for Donald Trump mean you cannot enjoy a night out in Washington?
In the past week, several of the president’s top aides have been targeted by protesters while dining, and his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in central Virginia over her views.
The billionaire president’s target? The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia — a cozy 26-seat, farm-to-table establishment in a 19th century brick building specialising in the local cuisine of the Shenandoah Valley.
On Friday night, the owner asked Sanders and her party — who were already seated and eating a first course — to leave after some of the staff objected to her presence.
“I politely left,” Sanders tweeted, adding: “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.”
“The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” he said early Monday.
“I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”
On its website, the Red Hen highlights its beet risotto, featuring “vegetables from Rancho Calixto, a family farm founded by immigrants from Mexico.”
Owner Stephanie Wilkinson said her principles had to come before profitability.
“I have a business, and I want the business to thrive,” Wilkinson told The Washington Post, adding that she felt she needed to make a stand against an “inhumane and unethical” administration.
“I explained (to Sanders) that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation,” Wilkinson said.
Sanders was not the first to face a public backlash in her off hours.
Senior White House aide Stephen Miller was branded a “fascist” by one angry patron during a visit to a downtown Mexican restaurant.
And Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made a quick exit when leftist protesters marched into another Mexican restaurant chanting “Shame!” She also confronted angry activists at her home in the suburb of Alexandria.
In a deeply polarized political climate, especially as an immigration crisis swirls on the border with Mexico, even their choice of restaurants was criticized, with many seeing Miller and Nielsen as especially tone deaf.Cue th protests and hand-wringing on both sides. The Red Hen is now the target of a conservative boycott, while Democrats are cheering.