Last June, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen Restaurant in rural Virginia and the move created a storm of online backlash and caused the restaurant to shut their doors for more than a week as protesters held court outside.
But on Tuesday, one of the restaurant’s owners, Stephanie Wilkinson, wrote in a Washington Post editorial that she doesn’t regret showing Sanders the door.
She began her piece by writing, “I’ve been getting hate mail for almost a year now,” but quickly turned the situation into a positive. She explained the situation that unfolded as “I took Ms. Sanders aside and politely suggested she leave. She agreed, equally politely.”
Wilkinson wrote that the hate mail began to overflow and that she was afraid for her own safety and that of her staff.
Like a lot of other unfortunate figures who have stumbled into the national news cycle, Wilkinson and her restaurant found themselves on the receiving end of a tweet from the president, who called the restaurant “dirty.”
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
Wilkinson wrote that when reopened, the dining room was full and that “supporters sent thousands of dollars in donations in our honor to our local food pantry, our domestic violence shelter and first responders.”
She went on to say that “after nearly a year, I’m happy to say that business is still good. Better than good, actually,” before closing with “to everyone who might be fearful about taking a stand, I say don’t be. Resistance is not futile, for you or your business.”
Sanders is one of the few figures in the Trump White House who has lasted for almost the entirety of the president’s term, which makes her one of the more recognizable figures in 1600 Penn. Additionally, she’s often eager to fight with the press and peddle her boss’ agenda which, at times, includes some misleading claims.