You gonna eat with that lying mouth?

From The Washington Post:

Stephanie Wilkinson was at home Friday evening — nearly 200 miles from the White House — when the choice presented itself.

Her phone rang about 8 p.m. It was the chef at the Red Hen, the tiny farm-to-table restaurant that she co-owned just off Main Street in Lexington, Va.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders had just walked in and sat down, the chef informed her.



It seemed unlikely to her that President Trump’s press secretary should be dining at a 26-seat restaurant in rural Virginia. But then, it was unlikely that her entire staff would have misidentified Sanders, who had arrived last to a table of eight booked under her husband’s name.


As she made the short drive to the Red Hen, Wilkinson knew only this:

She knew Lexington, population 7,000, had voted overwhelmingly against Trump in a county that voted overwhelmingly for him. She knew the community was deeply divided over such issues as Confederate flags.


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.”


Several Red Hen employees were gay, she said. They knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military. This month, they had all watched her evade questions and defend a Trump policy that caused migrant children to be separated from their parents.

“Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson told her staff, she said. “They said yes.”

It was important to Wilkinson, she said, that Sanders had already been served — that her staff had not simply refused her on sight. And it was important to her that Sanders was a public official, not just a customer with whom she disagreed, many of whom were included in her regular clientele.

Wilkinson asked Sanders to go outside on the patio. She didn’t want a big dramatic confrontation. She politely asked her to leave, and Sanders politely agreed to do so. Her party had been served a cheese platter, and they offered to pay for it, but Wilkinson said there was no charge.

One of the waiters took a photo of the whiteboard where notes are written, such as what supplies to replenish. One of the notes was “86 – Sara Huckabee Sanders.” He posted it to Facebook, along with the comment, “I just served Sarah huckabee sanders for a total of 2 minutes before my owner asked her to leave.”  Sanders confirmed on her Twitter account that she had been asked to leave and gave the name and location of the restaurant. Of course, social media blew up, as it always does these days, from Twitter to Yelp. People who have never eaten in the restaurant started to post reviews, both positive and negative.

Wilkinson doesn’t know how this will affect the restaurant, but when asked if she regretted her actions:

And she added: “Absolutely, yes, I would have done the same thing again. . . . We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one.”

Oh, and get this kids, Chuckleberry-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.

Maybe it’s better nobody got served any food, because if she had said that at the table, the other people would have choked on their food!


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20 responses to “You gonna eat with that lying mouth?

  1. Keeping watch on our brick-and-mortar history

    I love it!


    • Hi…..ummmm. not quite sure what to call you. KWOOBAMH? I sorta like that. Anyway, welcome to The Raisin! 🙂

      Do you have a website you would like to link to? I’m asking, because I am intrigued by your name and I miss the old brick-and-mortar stores that used to define towns, especially small towns. I guess I’m feeling nostalgic.

      I only wish I loved closer to Virginia, because I would definitely be dining at the Red Hen tonight. I have read that the food is excellent.

      Hope you will stop by again!

  2. Brilliant Nonnie. I am proud of these Virginians!

    • Hi Elyse!

      I’ve missed you. Unlike Malaria, I really care. ❤

      I would love to give Ms Wilkinson and her staff some giant hugs. She put her money where her mouth is. Even though there was a chance her business would suffer (and it might, not only financially, but think of the nuts out there with firearms), she did the right thing. She should be very proud.

      • I haven’t found the funny in any of this. And we are getting our house ready to go on the market, which doesn’t improve my mood. Hopefully next month I’ll start posting again.

        • I think it’s hilarious (and life-affirming) that Twitler’s thugs can’t get served in a restaurant. White House staffers have begun to date each other, because nobody else wants to go out with them (true story). Howevah, there is very little to laugh about when it comes to what is going on in our country. Still, laughing is healing and keeps you a little bit more sane so you can keep watching what’s going on and hopefully change it.

          Good luck with the house, my blog sistah.

  3. Excellent. Shared on Palm Springs political pages!

  4. the rub

    this is what’s needed, a connective effort to show the don & his thugs that their behavior is not acceptable. i hope the red hen has record sales this month because the owner stuck to her convictions. this is what it takes to take down a dictatorship. not fear!

    • Loonie,
      This is exactly what has to keep happening. Ordinary people have to shame these assholes, not because the asshole will change their ways, but because it will embolden others to stand up against them, including elected officials. If ordinary Germans had stood up against the thugs early on, things would have been a lot different. We have to fight back every and any way we can. Stand up to the bullies. Easier said than done, but the more people who stand with you, the easier it gets.

  5. I don’t know. I don’t like most of Twitler’s policies, but I also don’t like the idea of banishing people from my life just because I disagree with them. When we isolate ourselves from those we disagree with, we run the risk of narrowing our own minds. I would have let Sarah finish eating.

    • Ms Wilkinson said that a lot of her customers are people with whom she doesn’t agree politically, and they are welcome and treated like everyone else. Chuckleberry is a symbol and a willing participant in law-breaking and shitting on democracy. Can you fault a restaurant owner from service someone she knows to be a criminal?

      • I don’t fault her in her decision, but I don’t like it. To me it continues to promote the polarization of our society over something as insane and stupid as politics.

        • Politics might be stupid and insane, but ripping kids from their parents is pure evil. Chuckleberry wouldn’t even hold press briefings all week. If throwing her out of a restaurant is the only way to get a message across to her, then I say throw her out. I think being silent is much worse than being rude, not that the restaurant owner in this case was rude. The people screaming at Kirstjjjjjjjjen Nielsen were rude, and I applaud them. What other way are they supposed to project their displeasure with her and her hateful policies? We have already seen people in wheelchairs get arrested in the halls of Congress, because the Rethugs are wusses and too afraid to answer to the people they are supposed to represent. Better to use our first amendment right to free speech while we still have it. The other side uses their 2nd amendment rights to show their discontent. I like our way much better. We are already as polarized as we ever were and hopefully ever will be. The only way to solve that is to get the power-hungry Rethugs out of Congress to put the brakes on the abomination in the Oval Office. That takes keeping passions high in the Democratic base, and if Chuckleberry and Nielsen have to miss a few meals to accomplish that, I’m okay with it. When we go low, we go high didn’t work very well, did it? Time to fight fire with fire.

          • Well alright, I see your point. Kicking someone out of a restaurant is certainly a way to get a message across.

            • I see your point, too, Tippy. Incivility breeds incivility. I think Ms Wilkinson handled the situation with class. She asked Chuckleberry to leave in a respectful manner, and to her credit, Chuckleberry left quietly. In other circumstances, I would probably agree that it’s a bad idea to bash people outside of work, but in this instance, we are dealing with bullies, and bullies thrive when they are not confronted.

  6. I strongly suspect that the people who are angry at Suckabee-Handers getting turned away, are the same people who believe that bakeries and so forth should be allowed to turn away gay customers.

    • They don’t get the difference. People are born gay. It’s part of who they are. Those like Chuckleberry learn to be rude lying corrupt bigots, and they choose to keep being rude lying corrupt bigots.