Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a press briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday

Speaking to The Washington Post, Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson said she was actually home when she got a phone call informing her that Sanders had walked into her small, farm-to-table restaurant. Overall, the situation further illustrates the growing divide between the political parties in the United States as well as the extreme dislike many Americans feel for the Trump Administration.

Her father, former Arkansas governor Mark Huckabee, chimed in, too. On Tuesday, protesters heckled Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she ate at an upscale Mexican restaurant in Washington.

Last night, the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in that Virginia town walked up to Huckabee Sanders' party that had just been seated in the restaurant, and asked them to leave the establishment "on moral grounds". A number of people criticized the restaurant for the move on the it's Yelp page. "Or you can ask for the 'Hate Plate, '" Huckabee said in a tweet, quickly generating 2,000 replies in about 30 minutes.

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According to Sanders, the owner objected to her work defending President Donald Trump, who has been under fire for an immigration policy widely decried as unnecessarily cruel. The restaurant did not ask her to leave because she's a woman, or for her race, or religion.

On Thursday the Trump administration partially walked back their highly controversial family separation policy, but many families remain separated and public opprobrium for Trump officials continues with no end in sight. "How can you enjoy a Mexican dinner as you're deporting and imprisoning tens of thousands of people who come here seeking asylum in the United States?"

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