A North Miami-based restaurant is under fire after its owners asked Fox News Commentator Gianno Caldwell to leave the establishment because of his political views.
The Daily Wire reports that Caldwell was booted on Saturday by the owners of Paradis Books and Bread after claiming that the “behavior” and “words” of a group of people he was dining with made employees and other patrons in the space “very uncomfortable.”
The network commentator discussed the situation with “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Rachel Campos-Duffy, noting that he and the group he was with talked about several things, including working at the network, violent crime, left-wing district attorneys, and values.
He then said that the owners approached the group and told them they were “not welcomed there because we aren’t politically aligned.”
“This situation reminds me of something that MLK said in 1963, a very simple truth,” he said, adding: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere — and what I experienced yesterday, me and some of my neighbors, who I’m just getting to know, was an injustice.”
“It was a grave injustice,” he added, noting that what happened was reminiscent of the Jim Crow South — when Democrats, by the way, dominated the region.
“If this was not the Jim Crow South, I can’t tell much of a difference,” he said, “There’s a target on the backs of people who happen to be Black — who happen to be conservative — and it needs to come to an end.”
After his interaction with the owners, Caldwell took to social media and called the situation “outrageous.”
“They said, ‘Are you a conservative?’ I said, ‘yes,’” Caldwell said. “In fact, I have a book called ‘Taken for Granted: How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed.’ You should get the book.’”
He then explained to the owners that his teenage brother was shot and killed in Chicago last year.
Paradis responded on Instagram, claiming that Caldwell’s group had been “talking about women in degrading ways, as well as using eugenic arguments around their thoughts on Roe v. Wade.”
“Once it was clear that they were finished with their meal, we told them that our views don’t align, and that the language they were using was unwelcome in our space,” the statement reads. “One person in the group said, ‘That is your business model, and I respect that.’”
“As a space co-owned by black folks and women, we firmly stand by our zero tolerance policy,” the statement added.
Not surprisingly, Paradis limited who could comment on the post.
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