UPDATE [6/23/18, 4:22 p.m. ET]:
Red Hen co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson said she requested Sanders leave after restaurant employees said they favored that.
“Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson reportedly said to her staff. “They said yes,” she recalled, according to The Washington Post.
Wilkinson said she told Sanders that she wanted to uphold certain “standards.”
“I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation,” she said.
Some of Wilkinson’s employees who are gay reportedly complained that Sanders defended Trump’s transgender military ban. During her interview with the Post, Wilkinson said she thought Sanders served an “inhumane and unethical administration.”
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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee once again came to the defense of his daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, after a restaurant refused her service based on her affiliation with President Donald Trump:
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
Many on Twitter either praised the restaurant’s decision or suggested Sanders’ criticism was unwarranted:
I hope your shitty evening continues into a shitty day where you stub your toe on every door & corner of your house, obtain a paper cut from each piece of mail you handle, and experience an episode of explosive diarrhea right after you’ve freshly showered!
— Kara Zmatic (@Kara_Zmatic) June 23, 2018
Self-proclaimed feminist author Jessica Valenti went so far as to say that the restaurant’s behavior was an example of “civility”:
Socially ostracizing someone who defends child internment camps is the absolute least we should be doing. https://t.co/4qkYZicF0D
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) June 23, 2018
I keep hearing how we’re being “uncivil” by ostracizing those in the Trump administration, or by using strong language to deride them. But the very foundation of civility is drawing boundaries on what we consider unacceptable behavior. What we are doing IS civility.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) June 23, 2018
Others suggested that Sanders was overlooking the fact that gay couples couldn’t receive service for same-sex weddings:
Sarah Sanders is whining about not being served at the Red Hen restaurant, because she is a terrible person who lies for Trump and hurts this country. Yet, she fought the right for a business to not serve someone because they’re gay. Cry me a river. Go eat at a kkk restaurant.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 23, 2018
There’s a massive difference between not serving someone because of the way they were born (ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation), as Masterpiece Cakeshop did, and Red Hen not serving Sarah Sanders because she CHOOSES to be a terrible person.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 23, 2018
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who got thrown out of a restaurant last night for her abhorrent defense of Trump’s embrace of pedophiles, Nazis, racism, child abuse, and treason, earlier this year said it was totally okay for businesses to turn away gays. https://t.co/pMFUWQjFNa
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) June 23, 2018
But Sanders’ father came back with a burning message against the restaurant:
Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the “Hate Plate”. And appetizers are “small plates for small minds” https://t.co/rHEVdcQwwh
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 23, 2018
Others also defended Sanders, saying that the restaurant’s decision was wrong:
it’s never cool to refuse to serve someone who is trying to have a nice meal with heir family.
I don’t care if it’s Sarah Sanders, Joe Biden, Barack Obama or Jesus Christ.
I wish more than anything we could stop seeing each other as R or Ds and see human beings. Don’t @ me
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 23, 2018
Wow! Look at all that compassion from the left. I guess they confuse compassion with outright hatred! Decent Americans got your back Ms Sanders! The left is no longer relevant. Keep on fighting for what right and just!!
— JohnnyDZ (@JohnnyDZ69) June 23, 2018
YOU ARE A PERFECT LADY SHE ON THE OTHER HAND WAS WAS DISRESPECTFUL TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SHE WAS ALSO DISCRIMINATING AGAINST YOU I AM SORRY THIS HAPPENED TO YOU GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
— Mary Ann McLaren (@MMandJim) June 23, 2018
Imagine what they’d say if a restauranteur did same to a prominent member of Obama’s White House staff…. https://t.co/cJ4sIt3dI3
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 23, 2018
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) June 23, 2018
“Bake the cake, bigot” is for thee, not for me. https://t.co/GXT8guXfza
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 23, 2018