Trump Supporters Are Attacking the Wrong Red Hen Restaurant
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted on Saturday that the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va. asked her to leave because she worked for President Trump.
But Sanders’ expulsion has put another Red Hen restaurant—this one in Washington, D.C.—in the crosshairs of Trump supporters—even though it is in no way affiliated with the first.
While the restaurants share a name, they are not part of a chain and they have different owners, Eater reports. While Sanders named the location of the restaurant in her tweet, a later tweet by President Trump did not, only calling out “Red Hen Restaurant,” which could apply to either location and ended up confusing some of his fans.
Huckabee and Trump supporters have flooded the D.C. restaurant’s Facebook and Yelp pages with negative reviews. Those attacks are thanks in part to conservative political activists calling on supporters to post on the page.
Yelp has said that it is trying to remove reviews on both restaurants’ pages, both positive and negative, that appear to be motivated by the news rather than an actual experience at the restaurant.
People have also attacked the D.C. Red Hen on Twitter, where it has tried to defend itself: