Kirsters Baish| Recall back to earlier this Summer when a small town in Virginia made headlines after a local restaurant refused to serve White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family. The unhinged liberal owners of the restaurant, the Red Hen, then followed Sanders’ family across the street to another local restaurant where they harassed them further. It has now been reported that the town is seeing repercussions for their actions.
The town of Lexington, Virginia has been dealing with a serious tourism decline since the incident involving Sanders back in June.
Fox News reports that Lexington, Virginia’s Regional Tourism Board has been working on scraping together any emergency funds they have left in order to further their digital marketing campaign, as reported by the Roanoke Times on Sunday. Whole the money is normally saved, officials felt that the region is currently in need of positive news coverage following the incident with Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier in the Summer.
The tourism board that serves the Lexington, Virginia area sits roughly three hours away from Washington, D.C.
Fox reports that after the incident involving the White House Press Secretary, the Lexington tourism board received countless calls and emails. Complaints are still coming in after the incident that took place in June. Tourists have explained that they will not be returning after the way Sanders and her family were treated.
The Director of Marketing, Patty Williams, explained that the small town will not likely be able to recover from so much negative press. She claimed that it had a “significant impact.”
The Red Hen saw an influx of negative online reviews. The restaurant was forced to shut down for a couple of weeks after protesters began flooding it. The restaurant’s owner was also forced to resign from the area’s local business board, as her actions made the group as a whole look bad.
PJ Media reported that local businesses were extremely upset by Wilkinson’s “small-minded and intolerant” choice to ultimately remove Sanders from her establishment based on political views. Many called Wilkinson to step down as executive director of Main Street Lexington, a volunteer-based group.
The Red Hen owner officially resigned as executive director on June 26th.
Elizabeth Branner, President of the Main Street Lexington Board of Directors, 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.”
When asked to leave the restaurant, Sanders didn’t make a big deal. She handled herself extremely gracefully.
But maybe the town should invite her back and try to remediate the negative with a positive, showing they want to be welcoming to all.
Looks like Sarah is getting the last laugh!