President Donald Trump on Monday took aim at the Virginia restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, calling it “filthy” and suggesting it “badly needs a paint job.”
“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,” the president wrote on Twitter.
“I always had a rule,” he continued, “If a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”
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. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Sanders confirmed on Saturday that she had been asked to leave the restaurant by its co-owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, who said several of her LGBT employees had expressed concern over having to serve the press secretary.
“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 me,” Sanders said, via Twitter.
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
A similar event occurred when Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was out for dinner last week at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) gathered together outside the restaurant and chanted, “No borders! No walls! Sanctuary for all,” until Nielsen was forced to leave.
Both incidents come as the Trump administration tries to ease widespread public outrage regarding the separation of migrant children and families at the southern border.
“We will not stand by and let Secretary Nielsen dine in peace, while she is directing her employees to tear little girls away from their mothers and crying boys away from their fathers at our border,” Metro D.C. DSA wrote in a statement.
“Secretary Nielsen and everyone else who has carried out these brutal and cold-blooded orders to rip apart families should never be allowed to eat and drink in public again,” the group continued.
Last week, President Trump signed an executive order allowing families who cross the border illegally to stay together.