Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday praised a restaurant in New York after it posted a sign outside its building that said Sarah Sanders — his daughter — was “welcome any time.”
The White House press secretary was kicked out of a Virginia-based restaurant on Friday and tweeted about it on Saturday. Her father has now shared a photo on Twitter of a sign that was posted outside Kipps Restaurant.
“OPEN! BREAKFAST SARAH SANDERS WELCOME ANY TIME,” the message said.
The former Arkansas governor, as Fox News reported, mused that the restaurant in South Wales, New York, “looks like my kind of place!”
The press secretary was escorted off the premises last weekend by staff at The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia.
The former Arkansas governor told Laura Ingraham on her radio program Monday morning that his daughter and her family — after they politely left the restaurant at the staff’s request — were then followed by restaurant employees as they made their way to a different restaurant.
“In fact, a little-known part of this story, is that after Sarah and her husband left and the family relocated to a restaurant across the street, the owner of The Red Hen then organized an effort to go and scream at them from the sidewalk at the other restaurant,” said Huckabee.
The co-owner of the eatery, Stephanie Wilkerson, told The Washington Post that “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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Wilkerson said she “explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation” — before ultimately asking Sanders “to leave.”
The owner has resigned from a local business organization.
As Sanders tweeted Saturday night about the incident, “Last night I was told by the owner of the 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.”
It was announced on Tuesday that the Secret Service will begin providing security for the press secretary at her home on a temporary basis, as many news outlets are reporting.
In other late-breaking developments on Tuesday, The Red Hen restaurant will remain closed until next week, and the owner has resigned from a local business organization, Fox News has reported.