After kicking White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders out of her restaurant, Stephanie Wilkinson, has been forced to step down as Executive Director Main Street Lexington organization. Wilkinson is a co-owner of the Red Hen restaurant, and up until she kicked out Sanders, was well-respected in her community.
Her resignation came over email from the President of her local board who stated: “Considering the events of the past weekend, Stephanie felt it best that for the continued success of Main Street
Lexington, she should step aside.”
As Big League Politics previously reported, Wilkinson has owned the Red Hen since 2008, according to public records.
After kicking out Sanders, her restaurant received intense scrutiny, with even President Donald Trump chiming in.
The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
This was obviously not good for business, and their reviews online proved that. It became so bad that the restaurant review site Yelp was forced to close down the Red Hen’s page in order to protect them from bad ratings.
Sanders has not been the only White House official who has been harassed in public. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielson was forced out of a restaurant in Washington, D.C., and White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller has been harassed at his home.
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