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Restaurant Shuts Down Because Political Facebook Post Sparks Outrage

Restaurant owners in Arizona decided to post a political statement on their Facebook page. They proudly declared their support for things like the National Anthem and the President. It was too much for the public to handle. Things got so heated that it resulted in the business closing its doors after just a week.

The owners of Cup It Up American Grill decided to use their right to free speech and share where their loyalties lie. On the establishment's Facebook page they reported that they 100% supported a few things.

Some of the items on the list include President Donald Trump, standing for the National Anthem, the bill of rights, the military, first responders, legal immigration, smaller government and repealing Obamacare. They also added 'In God We Trust' to their list.

While they were at it, owners also added a list of things that they don't believe in or support. This list included things like kneeling for the anthem, ANTIFA, global warming, big government, fake news, hate groups, hate crimes, and celebrities getting political.

“If you like this post, please share it with 5 friends and we look forward to your next visit! If you disagree with this post, please share it with 100 friends and we won’t be expecting you anytime soon!” The post concluded.

In another time, even a few years ago, that might have seemed like a reasonable statement. Even if one disagreed with it, it would be considered a fair enough position for someone else to take.

In this day and age, however, it was cause for absolute outrage. Supporting the POTUS, God and being against fake news is as good as declaring yourself a Nazi in the eyes of people these days.

The restaurant was flooded with phone calls, emails and social media posts. Websites like Yelp were flooded with negative reviews for the restaurant. Owners, employees and patrons of the restaurant began receiving horrific threats of violence and death.

They had to shut down their social media accounts. Employees no longer felt safe in the workplace and many quit amid the controversy. the backlash was immense.

"People threatened to burn down the restaurant with the owners in it. It's a crazy world we're in," said Ron Sanchez, the father of a former employee, to ABC 15.

A large sign was put in the restaurant’s window just a week after the post was made. "Dear loyal fans and patrons of Cup It UP American Grill; We have made the decision to close our doors indefinitely as of today," it read. "The safety of our employees, and our families is of great concern and it is our #1 priority at this time. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our Military and First Responders. Thank you all and God bless."

Many people say in this political climate, it's the owners' own fault for making the statement.

"I respected their decision to speak up and be patriotic whether people agree or not," said former customer Ericka Ayup to ABC 15. "It wasn't smart for them to do what they did from a business aspect especially being down here in the University - which is more liberal and young."

Source: Fox News
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