This past Saturday night, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, The Red Hen. She was informed that she would not be served.
The restaurant’s co-owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, later told The Washington Post that her staff had called her to report Sanders was at the restaurant on Saturday night. Wilkinson said several restaurant employees are gay and knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military.
Today, that upset our President (who is known to have a fragile ego). So he did what he always does and took to Twitter claiming the place was “filthy”.
Trump should be a “filthy” expert but this time he got it wrong. Trump-owned and Trump-branded properties, however, have faced substantial problems discovered inspectors in recent years.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort was cited in January 2017 by Florida health inspectors with more than a dozen violations including issues regarding raw fish dishes that had “not undergone proper parasite destruction” and raw meats sitting in coolers that were not cold enough. Three of the violations were labeled high priority, meaning they could contribute to foodborne illness. The club, however, met the minimum standards to remain in operation.
And in 2012, DJT, the steakhouse at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, was forced to shut down briefly when inspectors found more than 50 violations, including ones regarding expired and mishandled food.
As far as The Red Hen, Virginia’s Department of Health restaurant inspections are public records that are available online. In recent years, the Red Hen has passed its inspections with minor or no violations.
On Feb. 6, inspectors visiting Red Hen observed “good food/unit temperatures,” staff with “clean uniforms/aprons,” and an “excellent job on code-dating.” No follow-up was required, according to the report.