Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, who is Sanders' father, responded. There is another restaurant called The Red Hen located in Washington, D.C., which, perhaps hoping to avoid collateral damage, has issued statements today clarifying that it is unaffiliated with The Red Hen in Lexington.
WDBJ7 has reached out to Red Hen and restaurant employees have not commented on the situation.
Try telling that to Republicans and the far right, who are apoplectic, outraged, furious that she was asked to leave a farm-to-table restaurant. "And there is a cost to being an accomplice to this cruel, deceitful administration", she added addressing the entire Huckabee family who were forced to seek dinner elsewhere. Some supporters of Sanders and Trump panned the restaurant, while their opponents backed the Red Hen and one complained of death threats. "And appetizers are 'small plates for small minds'".
The Red Hen has been flooded with many one-star and some five-star reviews from commenters on both sides of the political spectrum. "THANK YOU!" said a reviewer from Commerce City, Colorado. It's the county seat of Rockbridge County, which went with Trump by a similar margin.
Lexington is a relatively small Virginia town that is home to the Virginia Military Institute, VMI.
"We support our own here, great little community we have", he said.
The protesters entered MXDC Cocina Mexicana Tuesday and chanted "Shame!" and "End family separation!"
Brian Tayback, of Shrewsbury, Pa. and Brandon Hintze, of Alexandria, Va., walked by the restaurant during a visit to Lexington on Saturday. "Poor decision by owners and management".