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Amanda Malamut
June 24, 2018 8:51 am

On Friday, June 22nd, The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave. Why? Because she works for President Donald Trump. The next day, Sanders took to her official Twitter account to call them out.

“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,” Sanders tweeted. “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.”

The person Sanders referred to in her tweet is the restaurant’s co-owner, Stephanie Wilkinson. Since Sanders’ tweet, Wilkinson has explained her decision. She asked her employees — several of whom are gay — if they wanted her to ask Sanders to leave. They said yes.

“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” Wilkinson told The Washington Post. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”

Wilkinson emphasized that her conversation with Sanders was very civil.

"I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion," Wilkinson continued. "I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation. I said, 'I'd like to ask you to leave.'"

Of course, Twitter had a lot to say about Sanders’ tweet.

And of course, this is important to remember:

We’re just glad that Wilkinson supported her workers and made the decision to protect them.

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