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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders caused an uproar on social media after she claimed a restaurant in Virginia asked her to leave because she worked for 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
While her comment got a lot of attention on Twitter, the restaurant saw a flurry of activity on its Yelp page.
Some made political comments, attacking the restaurant for its bias against the Trump administration:
In one review, someone named “Shawn K.” called the restaurant “hateful” and said it could learn from “people like Sarah”:
“Her actions in response to your action speaks volumes about how sad and pathetic you people are,” the commenter said.
Red Hen co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson reportedly said she asked Sanders to leave at the request of her employees.
“I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation,” she said.
The restaurant even appeared to lose its nearly five-star Yelp rating:
Good for The Red Hen! Screencapping the yelp rating before the Trump bots start attacking. pic.twitter.com/NSbJ24glKO
— Maumee Mom (@MaumeeMom) June 23, 2018
Red Hen’s Yelp reviews trending down. 2.5 stars = Yuck. Hope they go out of business. Besides, no one wants to eat a carrot that big. pic.twitter.com/jRD5EfBCgb
— David Bozell (@DavidBozell) June 23, 2018
Sarah Sanders used her platform as Press Secretary to publicly harass and attack a local American small business — the Red Hen — which she had a personal problem with.
7,000 new reviews made the Yelp rating drop 1.5 stars.
She is such a vicious person. pic.twitter.com/YpqitxcUsC
— Kaivan Shroff ?? (@KaivanShroff) June 23, 2018
Sanders’ father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, slammed the restaurant and accused it of bigotry:
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
But some, like many on Twitter, appeared to be pleased with the restaurant’s decision to ask Sanders to leave: