The Aviary in Chicago is renowned for their unorthodox drinks and ingredients. However, on Tuesday (6.25) night, Eric Trump received a very unorthodox, off menu offering when a server at the iconic bar spat in his face.
According to the Trump Organization, a “waitress” at the James Beard Award winning bar spat on the President’s son. Subsequently, Secret Service agents and local police “immediately apprehended her and held her in handcuffs for approx(imately) two hours. Chicago PD was intending on pressing charges however Eric directed them not to and she was let go.”
Given the Trump family’s well documented difficulties with the truth, Neat Pour reached out to authorities for confirmation. Chicago Police confirmed that their officers s “assisted the Secret Service with a law enforcement matter,” and directed all further inquiries to the Secret Service. The Secret Service followed policy and did not comment. The White House directed media to the Trump Organization, the real estate conglomerate allegedly run by the POTUS’ sons.
True to form, Eric Trump quickly gave an interview to alt-right website Breitbart News. “It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” he told the site by phone. “For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility.”
Nick Kokonas, co-owner of The Aviary, Next, Roister, and Alinea, is no fan of Trump. He previously invited the Clemson football team to dinner after Trump feted them with fast food at the White House. Still, his bar took a more measured tone when responding to this event. Their full statement follows.
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.
Neither the President nor his son posted about the spitter to social media. However, the rest of the internet had a field day. If you’re bored, check out the Twitter reaction.