SUGAR LOAF, N.Y. — A couple of friends in New York say they were removed from a Mexican restaurant for support Donald Trump.
Esther Levy, 61, of Warwick, N.Y., told the New York Post she and a friend, Alvin Goldstein, went to eat at the Cancun Inn in Sugar Loaf, New York, before the pair were thrown out. Levy told the Post the restaurant asked them to leave because she was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and a Donald Trump button.
“I was shocked,” Levy told the Post. Levy said the waitress went up to their table and told them she was instructed to refuse them service. As the two left, Levy said, a man who identified himself as a co-owner heckled them on their way out.
“He said, ‘We don’t serve Trump supporters here. Get out of here and never come back.'”
According to the New York Post, Goldstein retorted with a prediction that the Republican presumptive nominee would win this year’s election for president.
The restaurant denied the claims in a Facebook post, saying the two were thrown out for being “rude” and “rowdy due to intoxication.” The eatery added that it has never discriminated against customers based on “race, religion, gender, sexual preference or political beliefs.”
Levy told the Post that she was a loyal customer of 25 years and stunned at the accusations she and her friend were acting inappropriately.
“That’s ridiculous,” she reportedly said. “They made it very clear why we were kicked out. It was because I was a Trump supporter, and that’s it.”
Trump, 70, is expected to run this fall against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election. The New York businessman has tailored much of his campaign around strict immigration reforms and has claimed he wants to build a large wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2015 he came under fire for likening some Mexican immigrants to “rapists,” and just last week he pointed to a plane overhead during a campaign event in New Hampshire, remarking, “That could be a Mexican plane up there; they’re getting ready to attack.”
The restaurant’s owners told local TV outlets they have been receiving threatening phone calls in the wake of the woman’s claims, with some callers saying they hope the building burns down.