Red Hen owner says she would throw Sarah Sanders out again

Monday, June 25, 2018
Todd Starnes - Guest Columnist

Todd StarnesWhite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant on Friday night because her mere presence triggered microaggressions among the staff.

Given the choice, Stephanie Wilkinson said she would kick White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders out of her restaurant again.

"Absolutely, yes, I would have done the same thing again," the owner of the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, told the Washington Post.

The small town restaurant made national headlines Friday night when staffers served up a heaping of intolerance along with a side dish of deep-fried bigotry.

Sanders had been dining at the establishment with her family when she was ordered to leave the premises.

Wilkinson told the Washington Post that some of her LGBT employees were apparently triggered by the presence of a Trump administration official and suffered massive microaggressions.

The Post reported that staffers "knew Sanders had defended Trump's desire to bar transgender people from the military."

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee – Sarah Huckabee Sanders' father – provided more information Monday on The Todd Starnes Show:

"Sarah and her husband left [the Red Hen]. She was just done after that – but the rest of the family went across the street to another restaurant. The owner of the Red Hen, who had just thrown Sarah out, then organized a group of people to go and yell and scream at them at the other restaurant outside and to create a scene. There's nothing polite about that."

Huckabee went on to say that Sarah's liberal brother-in-law confronted the crowd saying: "You're not helping the cause by behaving like this."

Wilkinson said she gave staff members the final decision on whether or not to kick out the Sanders family.

"They said, yes," she told the newspaper.

Wilkinson had been summoned to the restaurant by frightened staff members unsure of how to handle the situation.

When she arrived she asked Sanders to step outside "for a word."

"I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty and compassion and cooperation," she told the newspaper. "I said, 'I'd like to ask you to leave.'"

Ms. Sanders handled the ill-tempered bigot with genteel grace. She offered to pay for the table's appetizer and then quietly left the restaurant.

Sarah Sanders tweet June 23, 2018

In fairness to Ms. Sanders, there were no signs on the restaurant door forbidding service to Republicans, Conservatives or Christians.

Gov. Mike Huckabee defended his daughter in a scathing tweet:

"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.'"

It might be a good idea for Conservatives and Christians to be a bit more picky when choosing a poultry restaurant. I recommend Chick-fil-A. They serve everyone – regardless of political parties or sexual identity.

Todd Starnes is host of "Fox News & Commentary," heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is "The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again." Follow Todd on Twitter and find him on Facebook.

Editor's note: Gov. Huckabee's comments added after story was originally posted.

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