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Restaurant Owner Who Kicked Out Sarah Huckabee Sanders Tells The Full Story: “For every hateful message, there was one of gratitude.”

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Nearly a year ago, Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of a restaurant called The Red Gen in Lexington, Va., realized that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had walked in. She reacted in an impressively calm and measured way, politely asking her to leave. Now, nearly a full year on, she has opened up about the full extent of what she experienced, and it makes for staggering reading:

For every hateful message, there was one of gratitude. For every angry accusation that our actions were driven by the inability to accept Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss, there was a note of thanks from someone lamenting Trump’s rollback of protections for marginalized people. What’s more, for every wish that our business die a painful death, there was a dollar bill or a generous check or an order for a gift certificate. When we opened after a 10-day hiatus, our dining room was full. And the love spread far beyond our door, as supporters sent thousands of dollars in donations in our honor to our local food pantry, our domestic violence shelter and first responders.

After nearly a year, I’m happy to say that business is still good. Better than good, actually. And besides the boost to our area charities, our town’s hospitality and sales revenue have gone up, too. Our haters may have believed that there were more of “them” than of “us,” but it turns out we have more than enough to keep us cooking. And to everyone who might be fearful about taking a stand, I say don’t be. Resistance is not futile, for you or your business.

This just goes to show what happens when we on the left put up civilized and measured opposition to the hate spewing of the right. It is clearly, objectively, totally wrong for the government under President Donald Trump to be separating migrant children from their parents at the border and then keeping them in cages, to name just one example. But, as Wilkinson herself puts it, resistance is not futile. It achieves a lot. She got her message out to a much wider audience than would ever have been possible otherwise, and without starting any kind of hateful campaign. She quite simply exercized her rights as a business owner, and here we are nearly a year on still reporting on and discussing her actions. All hope is not lost, so long as we keep on resisting.


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