Stephanie Wilkinson, co-owner of Red Hen, who is responsible for kicking White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders and her family from Virginia restaurant on Friday evening, stepping aside from the leadership of the local business group. (Facebook)
The owner of the Virginia restaurant responsible for kicking White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders and her family on Friday evening, stepping aside from the leadership of the local business group.
Stephanie Wilkinson joined as a managing Director of Main Street Lexington, an organization with the task of promoting economic viability, Fox News has learned.
Elizabeth Outland Branner, the President of the organization, took Wilkinson’s resignation on Tuesday morning, WSLS reported.
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“In light of the events of the past weekend, Stephanie felt it best that for the continued success of the Main Street Lexington, they should stand aside,” Branner wrote in an E-Mail.
The Washington Times reported that the volunteer organization “exists to improve the economic prosperity and cultural vitality of our community, the restoration of the downtown Lexington is a vibrant economic and cultural nexus, the of our area, while maintaining its unique character,” according to its website. The group, founded in the year 2013, in connection with the Virginia Main Street program, which aims at the promotion of “economic revitalization in the context of historic preservation.”
As Fox News previously reported, Wilkinson told The Washington Post that they felt compelled to take a position, cite what you called the Trump White house “inhuman and immoral” actions.
“I’m not a big fan of the confrontation with the” Wilkinson told The Post. “I have a business, and I want to grow the business.” But you went on to say, “This feels like the moment, in our democracy, if the people have to uncomfortable measures and decisions for the preservation of morality.”
“Last night, I was told to leave by the owner of the Red hen in Lexington, Virginia, because I work for @POTUS and I politely left”, ” Sanders tweeted on Saturday. “Your actions say a lot more about you than about me. I always do my best to treat people, even those I don’t agree with, respectfully, and will continue to do so.”
President Trump also weighed in on the controversy Monday morning, with a biting tweet about the restaurant.
“The Red Hen Restaurant should serve more on the cleaning of your dirty canopies, doors and Windows (needs a coat of paint) rather than refusal, a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” Trump tweeted. “I always had a rule that if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”
Fox News’ Kellianne Jones and Doug McKelway in Virginia contributed to this report.
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