An angry individual bragged on Twitter last night about how he stood up to a "Nazi" and his violent girlfriend at Hill Country DC, a popular BBQ restaurant in the nation's capital. He implored his social media followers not to patronize the place.
Just who was this "Nazi" Helmstetter so bravely confronted?
Guy wears MAGA hat at my favorite restaurant. I say “hey are you from dc?” He says “no.” I say “we don’t tolerate racism in this city.” His girlfriend then physically jabs fingers into my chest and starts threatening me. Management tells me to leave, not woman who assaulted me.— TJ Helmstetter (@TheTJHelm) July 5, 2019
Yep. The gentleman's only offense was his audacity to wear a red MAGA hat. On Fourth of July. When President Trump was planning to give a speech on the National Mall.
Yes, how very out of place.
Still, how dare Trump supporters step foot in his favorite restaurant. Didn't they know it was his favorite??
Spotted two separate tables of people wearing MAGA gear at @HillCountryWDC. Disgusting. Hill Country clean up your act. I have been patronizing you for 10*•+ years starting in NY. Don’t serve Nazis.— TJ Helmstetter (@TheTJHelm) July 5, 2019
Strangely, Helmstetter has been retweeting people who are mercilessly mocking him.
Intolerant man harasses people trying to have dinner and is shocked that he is asked to leave. https://t.co/KFvwGIQo0k— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 5, 2019
That’s the problem. You out-of-touch, better than thou liberal Democrats believe every individual who supports the President of the United States is a Nazi.??— S.L. Stiles???? (@StacyLStiles) July 5, 2019
Just friggin ridiculous.
If you guys want to stand a chance to defeat POTUS, name calling ain’t gonna do it. pic.twitter.com/ieKeBthaZv
Imagine being this insufferable pic.twitter.com/GvRF6Xivwl— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) July 5, 2019
But, he's made up his mind. He'll no longer be dining at his favorite restaurant. (graphic language below)
To be clear, it is the Nazi’s 1st amendment right to wear racist shit in public. And it is decent people’s 1A right to tell them they are racist pieces of shit. He exercised his 1A right, and I exercised mine. @HillCountryBBQ mgmt chose to protect the Nazi’s right but not mine.— TJ Helmstetter (@TheTJHelm) July 5, 2019
Dear TJ, you keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.
Unlike Helmstetter, Trump supporters and Trump associates have been actual victims of public harassment. Most memorably, former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was refused service at Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia last year because co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson didn't like her. She asked Sanders to leave because, according to her, Sanders supports “inhumane and unethical” presidential policies.
Wilkinson doesn't regret it either. In a recent op-ed, she said Sanders and her "unsavory" ilk "should consider dining at home.”
When other Trump associates have tried to go out for quiet meals, they've run into hecklers who have tended to shout “fascist!” at them, or, in the case of former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, "shame!"
Last week, Eric Trump was literally spat on in a Chicago lounge.