Amidst a number of similar incidents, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was forced to leave a restaurant in late June due to her political affiliations. But in this case, rather than being screamed at by a crowd of invading protesters, Sanders said the owner herself told her to leave.
It all went down at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. Sanders was enjoying a meal with her family when the incident occurred.
“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,” Sanders said at the time.
Her dad, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, added more details later, saying, “Sarah and her husband just went home. They had sort of had enough. But the rest of her family went across the street to a different restaurant.”
He continued, “The owner of the Red Hen — nobody’s told this — then followed them across the street, called people, and organized a protest yelling and screaming at them from outside the other restaurant and creating this scene.”
After the incident made national news, pro-Trump picketers held protest signs outside the restaurant. The demonstration went on for several days.
Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson, who was actually the executive director of a local business group tasked with bringing more business into the area, resigned her directorship in response, according to Fox News.
Now, two months later, the Red Hen’s chickens have come home to roost.
According to The Roanoke Times on Sunday, the tourism board for the region has decided to dip into their emergency funds in an attempt to bail out the Red Hen after Wilkinson lost so much business with her political tantrum.
After having angered so many current and potential customers, the restaurant is struggling to survive.