Donald Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle were left without a location to hold their campaign rally for Republican Matt Rosendale in Bozeman, Montana as the Midtown Tavern told the couple they weren’t acquainted with the nature of the event and wanted to stay clear of politics.
Yesterday, Republican Matt Rosendale’s campaign made an announcement that the president’s son and his girlfriend, a former Fox News personality, will be delivering a speech at the Midtown Tavern in Bozeman, Montana, next Tuesday, to help him raise his profile ahead of the November midterm elections where he will face-off against Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT).
However, later that day, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle report, the restaurant’s manager, Jess Wilcox, said they refused to host Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle. “We definitely don’t want to take political sides. That’s never our intention,” Wilcox told the paper. “We just try to stay politically neutral.”
Sources at the Midtown Tavern reportedly told Montana ABC Fox that the restaurant’s managers didn’t know that it is about a campaign rally-event, but after they found out, they had to cancel the booking, adding that their facilities may not be big enough to host such a large event.
Matt Rosendale’s campaign confirmed in a statement that they are looking for an alternative location for the rally. “We’ve had over 200 people RSVP for the event in less than four hours and we’re looking for a new venue to accommodate the unprecedented demand for the campaign rally with Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle,” they said.
According to their website, Midtown Tavern “caters to your desires with the finest food and beverages in Bozeman” and is “owned and operated by MSU Alumni, Josh, and Justine Palmer, owners of another local favorite, 14 North Restaurant.”
The incident in which President Donald Trump’s closest allies is being denied from a restaurant has also happened before. In June, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family were thrown out of a Virginia restaurant as the owners did not approve her politics and acted on moral conviction.
“I just served Sarah Huckabee Sanders for a total of 2 minutes before my owner kicked her out along with 7 of her other family members…” Jaike Foley-Schultz, a waiter at The Red Hen restaurant, wrote on Facebook at the time.
Sanders confirmed the incident a day later. “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” she wrote on Twitter. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”