A famous anti-Trump restaurant owner who made the mistake on Thursday of banning “Make America Great Again” supporters from his eatery may have just made a second giant blunder: giving an apology on Friday so stupefyingly lame that it’s got everyone upset now.
It all started when well-known chef Kenji Lopez-Alt of Wursthall Restaurant wrote a tweet on Jan. 27 saying, “It hasn’t happened yet, but if you come to my restaurant wearing a MAGA cap, you aren’t getting served, same as if you come in wearing a swastika, white hood, or any other symbol of intolerance and hate.”
Lopez-Alt, who is also the author of “The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science,” runs the restaurant in San Mateo, just south of San Francisco.
After his tweet sparked an outcry, Lopez-Alt deleted it along with a similar tweet that read, "MAGA hats are like white hoods except stupider because you can see exactly who is wearing them." He also said in a reply that "Some of those that wear red caps, are the same that burn crosses."
The day after the story made nationwide news, prompting Trump supporters to call for a boycott or make plans to show up at the restaurant wearing MAGA hats, Lopez-Alt issued an apology — sort of.
"I want to start by apologizing to my staff and partners at Wursthall,” he said, according to ABC 7. “Making a public statement without taking my team's thoughts into consideration was disrespectful and reckless.”
“My goal at Wursthall was for it to be a restaurant where all employees and staff are treated with respect and trust, and by making that public statement without your consent, I failed at that goal,” he continued. “I will work hard to earn back that trust.
After talking about this ethnically and politically diverse family background, the chef argued that he started the MAGA ban because, “After having seen the red hat displayed so prominently in so many moments of anger, hate, and violence, to me-and many others-the hat began to symbolize exactly that: anger, hate, and violence.”
He gave no examples of the alleged “many moments” that people in MAGA hats engaged in violence.
Lopez-Alt then apologized for saying something that evoked anger without directly apologizing for what he said or for creating the MAGA ban in the first place.
“What's more, my personal perspective in no way meant that Wursthall was changing its policy, as is being erroneously reported in media,” he concluded, despite the fact that he clearly spoke on behalf of the restaurant.
His apology didn’t go over well with many people:
On top of not making Trump supporters happy, Lopez-Alt also angered a lot of liberals who didn’t want him to apologize or revoke the ban.