Café 8 ½ in Honolulu, Hawaii, is facing harsh criticism for hanging a sign on its front door that tells voters who cast their ballot for President-elect Donald Trump to eat elsewhere.
“If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis,” reads the yellow sign, as reported by Fox News on Tuesday.
Willes Lee, the former chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party and now the head National Federation of Republican Assemblies, told Fox News he sees the sign as discriminatory and a reminder of the “racist and hate-filled” days before statehood.
“Remember when Filipinos couldn’t go in certain places, or Japanese wouldn’t be allowed [in] many homes? And, it didn’t matter who they voted for,” Lee, who is of Japanese descent, told the network.
Restaurant founders Jali and Robert Warner said the establishment does not discriminate against Trump voters, when asked to comment about their decision to put up the sign.
“We don’t put anything different [in] your food,” Jali Warner told Fox News.
“Robert just wants to express how much he doesn’t like Trump. … If people take it personally or it hurts them, we cannot help. That’s why we say they have [a] choice if they want to come or not come. We don’t force them,” she added.
According to Jali Warner, the restaurant has only received three complains since the sign went up on the front door.
“We don’t want to create trouble,” she said. “There is enough trouble in the world.”