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LGBT employees were behind refusal to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders owner says

White House Press Secretary refused service at Lexington, VA restaurant.
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The Red Hen restaurant didn't want White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dining at their eatery so they asked her to leave, and they don't regret it one bit. 

Co-owner of the Lexington, Va., restaurant Stephanie Wilkinson told The Washington Post that the decision to ask Sanders to leave came at the behest of her LGBT employees.

They say the reason stems from her role as press secretary, citing her defense of Trump's ban on trans folks serving in the military, her approval of the narrow ruling by the Supreme Court in favor of the Masterpiece Cake case. They also say she supports the president's positive stance on posting signs in businesses that refuse to serve LGBT people. Adding to that, they didn't like that Sanders silently stood by while the president separated parents from children at the border. 

Wilkinson's employees called her at home after they had already served Sanders and her guests with a meat and cheese board and drinks.

“Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson asked, according to the Post. “They said ‘yes.’”

She then drove to the restaurant and asked the press secretary for a word in private.  

“I was babbling a little,” Stephanie Wilkinson said, “but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion. 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.’

Sanders quietly left with her party in tow, but the next day sent out the following tweet: "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. 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."

Wilkinson says she knew her decision might be met with backlash, but explains it's a time in history when she feels uncomfortable choices need to be made. 

"This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals."