Stephanie Wilkinson, co-owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, was at home Friday night when she received a call from her head chef who told her White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was in the restaurant to dine. Wilkinson told Washington Post what happened next.
She knew Lexington, population 7,000, had overwhelmingly against Trump in a county that voted overwhelmingly for him. She knew the community was deeply divided over such issues as Confederate flags. She knew, she said, that her restaurant and its half-dozen servers and cooks had managed to stay in business for 10 years by keeping politics off the menu.
And she knew — she believed — that Sarah Huckabee Sanders worked in the service of an “inhumane and unethical” administration. That she publicly defended the president’s cruelest policies, and that that could not stand.
“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” Wilkinson said. “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.”
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Some might say we have more important things to concentrate on right now, but this is incredibly important—it’s a perfect example to show the country and the world what true American “resistance” looks like, and how anyone can create positive change with a courageous act/gesture. Earlier in the week, I covered a flight attendant who had been flying for 29 years and risked his career to publicly tell his employer he would no longer be complicit and would never again work a flight with immigrant children being shipped away from their parents. He asked other flight attendants to do the same. The next day American Airlines and most every major airline stated they would no longer allow their planes to be used by the government to do the same. Every day people and large industries are standing up as Trump goes down.
Thank you to Stephanie Wilkinson and the staff of a small restaurant that made a big decision to do the right thing. You can thank them by following/liking them on Facebook and/or leaving them a comment/private message of thanks—here is the link.
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