Red Hen Owner Followed Sanders’s Family to Protest at Different Restaurant

June 26, 2018 Updated: June 26, 2018

On June 24, it was revealed that the owner of The Red Hen restaurant—who kicked out White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders—followed Sanders’s in-laws across the street to protest their presence at another restaurant.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders’s father, recounted the incident in an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. In the past few weeks, three members of the Trump administration, including Sanders, have been heckled and kicked out of restaurants solely for their political affiliation.

Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of The Red Hen, located in Lexington, Virginia, asked Sanders to leave the restaurant because she worked for the Trump administration.

“Once Sarah and her family left—and of course Sarah was asked to please vacate, Sarah and her husband just went home. They had sort of had enough. But the rest of her family went across the street to a different restaurant,” Huckabee said on The Laura Ingraham Show.

“The owner of the Red Hen—nobody’s told this—then followed them across the street, called people and organized a protest yelling and screaming at them from outside the other restaurant and creating this scene.”

Sanders wrote in a June 23 tweet: “[Wilkinson’s] 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.”

Wilkinson has defended her decision to kick out Sanders, telling The Washington Post that she did so because her restaurant has “certain standards that I feel it has to uphold.”

On June 26, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called for supporters of the Democratic Party to “create a crowd” to “push back” against members of the Trump administration by harassing them in public.


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