Sarah Sanders says she was told to leave restaurant because she works for Trump
Alex Wong/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Va.) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was told to leave a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump.
Sanders wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the owner of Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, asked her to leave because of who she works for.
“Her actions say far more about her than about me,” Sanders tweeted. “I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”
Sanders’ father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, weighed in, calling the incident an example of “bigotry.”
“Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the ‘Hate Plate,'” Huckabee tweeted.
A man who says he was Sanders’ waiter at the farm-to-table restaurant wrote on Facebook that he only served her for a couple minutes before the owner “asked her to leave and she complied.”
“Her family left on their own accord, we didn’t actually refuse service or ‘kick her out,'” he wrote in the Facebook post.Responding to comments on his post, which has been shared hundreds of times, the man wrote that “the owner felt that Sarah’s moral decisions conflicted with her own.”
ABC News reached out to the owner and the waiter for comment but did immediately heard back Saturday afternoon.
The incident occurred after a week of widespread outrage over the Trump administration’s policy of forcibly separating migrant families who illegally cross the southern border from Mexico.
Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end the practice of separating migrant families. But well over a thousand children remain apart from their parents, and many continue to criticize the president’s “zero tolerance” approach to illegal immigration.
Sanders wasn’t the first official to be personally confronted with public anger over the administration’s immigration policy. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who oversees the nation’s borders, was bombarded by protesters on Tuesday night while she dined at an upscale Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Video of the confrontation was posted to Facebook.
The protesters, members of Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, loudly booed at Nielsen and repeatedly shouted “shame.”
“Secretary Nielsen, how dare you spend your evening here eating dinner as you’re complicit in the separation and deportation of over 10,000 children separated from their parents,” one protester yelled. “How can you enjoy a Mexican dinner as you’re deporting and imprisoning tens of thousands of people who come here seeking asylum in the United States?”
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