The ascension of Donald Trump to power has, most assuredly, brought out the worst in many people. The rallying point of President Trump’s policies has exposed unsavory parts of our society for what they are, such as in the case of Tuscon, Arizona’s Cup It Up American Grill.
Christopher Smith and Jay Warren, the owners of the restaurant, which is situated in a county that Hillary Clinton won last November by about 15 percent, recently decided to turn their establishment into a platform for their own personal pro-Trump political beliefs.
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Doing so turned out extremely poorly for them, to say the least. The establishment is now closed indefinitely following the unsurprising significant backlash to a Facebook post from the restaurant detailing the owners’ pro-Trump beliefs and effectively uninviting anyone from the restaurant who didn’t share those beliefs.
— Jennifer Martinez (@Jennymartineztv) October 10, 2017
The response to the post allegedly became so severe that the owners’ felt as though their safety and the safety of employees of Cup It Up was in danger.
Ron Sanchez, whose granddaughter worked at the restaurant, claimed while speaking to local news outlet ABC 15 that unidentified individuals “threatened to burn down the restaurant with the owners in it,” adding, “It’s a crazy world we’re in.”
In flyers taped to the windows at the front of the restaurant’s location, the owners seemed to give credence to Sanchez’s claims, stating, in part, that “The safety of our employees, and our families is of great concern and is our #1 priority at this time.”
The statement added a note of thanks to the military and the nation’s “First responders,” echoing the content of the original Facebook post — which has since been deleted — that started all of this controversy.
That Facebook post voiced support for a long list of pro-Trump causes, including “always standing for our national anthem.” Pro-Trump factions have, of course, popularized the false idea that NFL players taking a knee during pregame plays of the national anthem to bring attention to the plight of African Americans are disrespecting the members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The establishment’s two owners sent a statement to the Arizona Daily Star apologizing for the post, reading, in part:
‘Our decision to bring our personal political beliefs into a business forum is regretful, and for this we apologize to all.’
Watch a video report on the controversy below.