Conservative demonstrators rally in Lexington after restaurant snub

Published: Jul. 1, 2018 at 2:29 PM EDT
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Hundreds of people, representing several different groups, gathered in Lexington on Saturday for demonstrations sparked by the actions of a restaurant owner.

Motorcycles roared down East Washington Street as dozens lined the sidewalk, holding signs with sayings like "The Red Hen laid a rotten egg."

Nearly everyone who came out for a series of rallies was there to show support for President Trump, after the owner of the Red Hen asked his chief spokesperson to leave the restaurant more than a week ago.

"That was the straw that broke the camel's back and set us off and made us say 'we've got to come down to this town," explained Douglas Thompson of "Bikers For Trump," a group founded to rally support for President Trump and other conservative politicians.

"Our message is (we) need to start showing respect for the President of the United States," Thompson said.

Also on hand were members of a group called The Patriot Picket, a group that primarily advocates for Second Amendment Rights.

Corey Stewart, the man recently nominated by Republicans to run against Tim Kaine in this year's Senate race, also showed up to share his thoughts on what happened at The Red Hen.

"The left in this country has gone so crazy," Stewart told WDBJ7. "Tim Kaine and the Democrats are upset with the President and the fact that he's been so successful."

At least one person stood among those rallying for the President to show support for the owner of The Red Hen.

"I'm very impressed with this woman," said Vanessa Billings, a woman who traveled from Baltimore to show her support for The Red Hen and its owner. "It was a very brave thing to do. She is suffering economically from it."

"We're not even really furious with The Red Hen," said Thomson for the Bikers for Trump group. "She'll get what's coming to her. We're here to support the town."

On Sunday morning members of Bikers For Trump will show their support for another hometown in Rockbridge County. They plan to have breakfast at the Pink Cadillac in Natural Bridge.