If you thought you were going to enjoy your day without some crazy story somehow linking back to President Trump, you were mistaken. For today’s installment of “Crazy People Doing Crazy Things,” we go to Lexington, VA’s the Red Hen. You may remember it as the restaurant that tossed out press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her association and part in Trump’s administration.
Fifty-one-year-old Reginald Scott See was arrested Tuesday afternoon for littering and disorderly conduct after throwing chicken feces at the restaurant. See was heard yelling “Make America Great Again” when he threw the excrement at the closed restaurant.
The Red Hen had suffered through attacks on Yelp and Facebook, but on Tuesday the backlash turned physical when protesters, like See, sporting signs that say “Homos are full of demons” and “Unless they repent Let God Burn Them (LGBT) 2 Peter 2:6” stood outside the establishment.
One protester, Chris Wayne, stated, “We don’t take this meanness toward public servants lightly.”
While Reginald Scott See’s actions has drummed up a lot of attention toward the protests, the most alarming aspect of this story actually unfolded before people started lining up outside of the closed restaurant.
In the wake of the Sanders incident, though Trump supporters were vocal on social media, there was only one individual that stood outside of the restaurant: Fox News reporter Doug McKelway.
McKelway reported from outside of the Red Hen for two days straight, saying things like “There are no horde or media out here. No horde of protesters.” As journalist Aaron Rupar points out, it’s almost as if McKelway was there to drum up a heard.
By Wednesday, the protesters started to die down until there were only a handful left.
The Red Hen has remained closed since Friday and its owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, stepped down as executive director of Main Street Lexington, a group supporting the city’s development.
H/T: ABC News 13 WSET
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