Chicago cocktail bar says employees being threatened after someone spit on Eric Trump

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CHICAGO — The owners of a Chicago cocktail bar said their employees are being threatened after someone was arrested by the Secret Service for reportedly spitting on Eric Trump.

Trump, President Donald Trump's son, was with friends at the upscale cocktail lounge, The Aviary, in West Fulton Market around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses said a female employee said something that sounded anti-Trump and spit in his face.

The Secret Service immediately handcuffed the and took her into custody. Trump declined to press charges and the woman was released.

The Aviary placed her on leave.

Trump spoke to Breitbart News after the incident and called  it "a disgusting act by someone who clearly has emotional problems."

The incident has gained attention in the area, as well as online. Some who read about the incident applauded what had happened. Others offered harsh criticism and blamed the restaurant.

Owner Nick Kokonas said people have been posting fake reviews about the bar and threatening the employees. He said that is unacceptable.

The bar released the following statement:

"Last night an unfortunate incident occurred between an employee at The Aviary and Eric Trump.  We did not witness the incident and we are just beginning to learn the details.

What is certain is this:  no customer should ever be spit upon. We have not yet spoken with the employee but our HR team has, in the meantime, placed her on leave. We will not discuss internal HR matters beyond this statement.

More broadly, the online discussion about the incident is troubling. Hundreds of people are calling for the demise of our business, threatening our employees, and posting fake reviews... they are wrong to do so based on the actions of a lone individual.

So too, however, are those people wrong who are praising this as an act of civil disobedience. We have voices and the means to be heard. A degrading act lowers the tenor of debate. To some it might feel good, but it is unlikely to serve any larger purpose.

We hope this incident can, at least, serve to illuminate the current absurdity of the discourse in our politics.

As fellow Americans and citizens, we should all aim higher."

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