Liberals claim a goal of total equality, yet demonstrate a double standard in their increasingly intolerant ways. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders experienced this on Friday evening when a Virginia restaurant asked her and her family to leave based on her affiliation to President Donald Trump.
This does not represent southern hospitality or tolerance to opposing views in any form, yet the restaurant is sticking to its decision. However, two republican politicians from Virginia extended apologies to Sanders on behalf of their hometown for the ‘liberal transplant’ business owner, and even President Trump called the restaurant and its actions ‘filthy.’ The community’s response is also admittedly victorious.
Reportedly, within two minutes of being served, the restaurant’s owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, approached Sanders, told her she was unwelcome for working for President Trump, and requested that she leave.
Of course, Sanders and her family immediately departed; however, she later exposed the restaurant for its wrongful political discrimination.
On Saturday morning, she took to Twitter regarding the owner’s intolerance, saying, “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 hypocrisy of the situation is especially relevant considering that the Supreme Court recently ruled the businesses may operate based on their religious beliefs under the first amendment. While liberals considered such a ruling to be overly hateful, they are now taking advantage of such protections to continually discriminate against conservatives.
Of course, it is their first amendment right to do so, as well, yet represents the undeniable double standard.
Former Arkansas governor and Sanders’ father, Mike Huckabee, weighed in saying that The Red Hen serves “bigotry” and “small plates for small minds.”
Thankfully, according to Lexington natives and residents, such behavior is not typical of the area.
Cline claimed that Wilkinson is a “liberal New York transplant who also happens to be Meryl Streep’s cousin” and added to Sanders, “We hope you will come back and enjoy the area’s true southern hospitality.”
Goodlatte expressed the same welcoming message, adding that Sanders’ “experience in Lexington last night is very unfortunate and doesn’t represent accurately upon the kind and caring people of Lexington that I know.”
Yet The Red Hen restaurant was successful in proving to the community and nation that it is out of place with its beliefs.
Following the incident, Wilkinson defended her actions saying that serving Sanders goes against her and the company’s values since she works for Trump and supports his ‘inhumane and unethical’ policies.
The owner continued that she has several gay employees, a personal concern considering that President Trump implemented a policy against transgender persons enlisting in the military.
Of course, she also added the liberal talking point that immigration policies are unjustly separating illegal immigrants from their children.
After proving that conservatives are not welcome at The Red Hen, Wilkinson claimed that the company’s values include ‘honesty, compassion, and cooperation,’ not reflected by the Trump administration.
Again, this is the owner’s right to have such skewed views. Yet conservatives may also form an opinion on the matter, which the local community has been rightfully diligent in expressing.
Some are outraged at their town’s representation, causing some locals to protest the restaurant.
A Reddit thread revealed several Lexingtonians discussing a plan to disrupt the business in opposition. Some suggested making reservations for the restaurant and not showing up. Others offered the idea to pretend to have intentions of dining at the restaurant, taking up table space while ordering only waters and then suddenly ‘deciding’ to leave.
Her employees clearly share the same values, as the member of wait staff who severed Sanders for mere minutes, Jaike Foley-Schultz, claimed on Facebook that the Sanders family was not ‘kicked out.’ However, the post had been edited and previously stated that they were, using those very words.
While Wilkinson claimed that her actions were intended to benefit the business and its ethics, it has proven to do the opposite with the President of the United States now openly condemning it.
The bigotry needed no additional explaining, but President Trump had personal issues with the establishment’s apparent lack of cleanliness, tweeting about the “filthy canopies” and worn-down paint job.
He advised the restaurant to place a higher priority on making itself appear more presentable than “refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders.” He followed up with his personal policy, saying “I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”
From a hygienic perspective, there is, of course, truth to this.
While those in the Lexington community are surely embarrassed by The Red Hen’s internal operations, the recent backlash has admittedly spared many conservatives from being served by intolerant liberals.