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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers a question during the White House's daily briefing on December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC
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There is a new battlefield in the proxy war between MAGA wearing Trump supporters and shameless members of #Resistance, and it's the Yelp page of a Virginia restaurant that asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave.

The Hill Pointed Out The Red Hen, a farm-to-table restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, has posted a lot of one-star ratings in the last 24 hours after a server posted on Facebook that the owner asked Sanders to leave. The deluge of negative feedback was quickly refuted by five-star ratings from people who applauded the owner's decision.

The whole mess started when a Red Hen employee came to Facebook to comment that Sanders showed up the restaurant. "I served Sarah Huckabee Sanders for a total of 2 minutes before my owner sacked her along with 7 other family members," he wrote initially.

Screenshot: Facebook

The employee has since covered the language of the post office. It is now said that the owner asked her to go and she obeyed. In his status, the clerk wrote that Sanders and her family had gone "at their own request" after being asked. "We did not really reject the service or kick it out," he wrote.

Screenshot: Facebook

This distinction seems to be consistent with the same story that gave the Red-hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson to the Washington Post . Speaking of the events, Wilkinson said she had received a phone call from a cook who worked in the restaurant and told her that Sanders was there. When she arrived, Sanders's table had already been served. Wilkinson gathered her staff and said, "Tell me what you want from me, I can ask you to leave." She said WaPo "You said yes".

According to her account of the situation, Wilkinson Sanders asked her to "She has certain standards that I have to observe, such as honesty, compassion and cooperation." Then she asked Sanders to leave and Sanders obeyed.

For her part, Sanders fired a tweet on Saturday morning that more or less confirmed the story and positioned herself as the better person she normally does. "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA, that I should go because I am working for @POTUS and I have gone polite," wrote . "Her actions speak much more about her than about me, I always do my best to respectfully treat people, including those I disagree with, and will continue to do so."

If all of this sounds like a non-narrative story to you, well, the Internet mob does not agree with that. As the story began in circulation angry Trump supporters began to award one-star reviews on the Red Hens Yelp page . As you can imagine, there were many allegations of being unpatriotic and un-American, along with a promise never to eat in the restaurant of people thousands of miles away. The reports also contained numerous demands for new laws designed to prevent companies from denying ideological service to the same people who were celebrating a baker who did not have to bake a cake for a gay couple .

Instead of the Trump supporters making their aggression on the keyboard by publishing pointless reviews that are inevitably removed, people opposed to the Trump administration also opted for five-star reviews to counteract the negative brigade.

Screenshot: Yelp

The whole endeavor is as fruitless as one would expect. On Saturday afternoon, the Red Hen's page is overseen by Yelp's support team and the fake reviews from both sides are likely to be deleted. The groups seem to have come to a standstill anyway, because the restaurant currently has a 2.5-star rating with over 7,200 reviews. Great job, everyone.

[ The Hill Washington Post ]

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