Restaurant Turns Down Romney, Receives Death Threats
The owners didn't want to be a political stop for the presidential candidate
Who knew refusing to be political would bring on death threats? Rosa Linda's Mexican Café in Denver is getting all sorts of hate mail after Westword reported that they turned away Romney's campaign, which had asked if Romney could stop by to give a speech.
"We were contacted by the campaign of candidate Romney on August 6th, by a former Mormon missionary, that he would like to bring the candidate here, NOT TO EAT but; it was presented to us that he wanted to do a political stump here," the oldest son Oscar Aguirre wrote in a message. "[He wanted to] talk about our small business and how because we share our religious views with the candidate and are Latinos it would be great for him to do a campaign stop."
However, since the original Westword article, Aguirre says the restaurant has been blasted with hate mail and death threats, with people calling the restaurant owners racist. The article said Aguirre and his family would welcome President Obama, implying that the restaurant refused Romney because he is Republican. Aguirre, however, emphasizes that they just "DID NOT WANT TO BE A POLITICAL STOP!" (caps all his).
"We did say NO because we are not Republicans, nor are we Democrats. We will welcome any sitting President of the United States. But we did not want to be a campaign stopping place," Aguirre clarified in a response. But seriously, America? Hate mail and death threats are never a good look on anyone.