Members of a racist Facebook group are making life miserable for a Maine restaurant owner and one of her employees — after their social media page got called out as a haven for white supremacists.
Mackenzie Swift, a server and bartender at Slates Restaurant, posted on her personal Facebook page a screenshot of a group administered by Tom Kawczynski, a former town manager who was fired for his racist views, and described the group as “white supremacists,” reported WCSH-WLBZ.
That infuriated Kawczynski, who had served as Lisbon town co-chair for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and other members of the “Maine for Mainers” group, which Swift said includes “state politicians and business owners.”
Swift’s post was circulated on social media, and Kawczynski’s group flooded the restaurant’s Facebook page with demands to fire the bartender or face a boycott.
One group member threatened to alert conservative media if Swift did not lose her job or “publicly disavow her slander libel,” and Kawczynski, who was fired for saying white people should “voluntarily separate” from other races, warned Swift’s boyfriend to “be more careful since he has children”
Slates Restaurant has been flooded with hundreds of messages calling on owner Wendy Lawson to fire Swift or face a boycott, and the bartender said her employer won’t give her details about the threats so she can ask a court for protection orders — so she stopped coming to work out of fear for her safety.
“Wendy is saying I’m not fired, but she’s refusing to address the fact that my co-workers are harassing me,” Swift said. “I’m choosing not to go in as long as she’s not giving me the information I need, it’s not a safe work environment.”
Larson assured customers on the restaurant’s Facebook page that she had championed equal rights in Hallowell for 40 years, and she insisted the eatery did not tolerate hate.
“We have been a haven for diversity,” Larson wrote. “I am opposed to any belief diminishing one person’s value over another. I am a firm believer in the First Amendment. We are a family and stand together in our belief that love and truth wins in the end.”
Larson said she believes Swift took on a group that turned out to be much bigger than she thought, and she seems to be unwilling to do the same.
“I personally do not like white supremacists,” Larson said. “I wanted to be truthful without instigating a group I did not want as my enemy.”
Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.
In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.
“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”
Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial
Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.
The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.
"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"
Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.
Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.
Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”