The Five: Chef 'Burned' After Banning Guests Sporting Trump 'MAGA' Hats
The panel on "The Five" reacted to a California cookbook author and chef who, in a now-deleted tweet, wrote that patrons at his restaurants who wore Trump campaign "MAGA" hats would not be served.
FoxNews.com later reported that, following a public outcry, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt walked back his comments and said all would be welcome.
López-Alt, the chef and owner of Wursthall in San Mateo, Calif., shared his latest message on Medium.com on Friday, and apologized for the way he communicated his initial Twitter remarks, in which he said, “It hasn’t happened yet, but if you come to my restaurant wearing a MAGA cap, you aren’t getting served, same as if you come in wearing a swastika, white hood, or any other symbol of intolerance and hate.”
López-Alt also claimed the original tweet, which has since been deleted, was meant to “reject” the anger, hate, and violence he says he associated with the red “Make American Great Again” hats.
“It was aimed at these three elements rather than at a physical object, but I understand that many interpreted my words in a different context, and construed a message of hate directed at them. This was not my intent in any way, and I am sorry for my recklessness.,” López-Alt wrote via Medium.com, in part.
“Unfortunately the way I tried to communicate this ended up only amplifying the anger, and I apologize for that.”
He added that the restaurant would not be following through on his initial statements.
“Wursthall will continue, as it always has, to serve all customer regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual preference, gender orientation, disability, or political opinion — so long as they leave hate, anger, and violence outside of the doors of our restaurant.”
Katie Pavlich said that Lopez-Alt "got burned" for the tweet banning the hats, and the panel discussed how the chef's initial tweets also mentioned Ku Klux Klan "white hoods" and Swastikas.
Juan Williams said that, though he may not agree with Lopez-Alt's thoughts, he could understand how the hats could seem exclusionary and be deemed a "provocative statement."
Williams noted that former Louisiana State Rep. David Duke, an ex-KKK leader, was photographed wearing a MAGA hat.
Jesse Watters said that the entire controversy is another example of the "reason that Donald Trump got elected," and that the American people are tired of being told how to conform to societal norms.
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