4 days after images of Tank Noodle house owners touring to Washington, D.C. to attend a gathering supporting President Donald Trump surfaced on-line, members of the Ly household denied collaborating within the subsequent riots through a statement on Facebook. That put up doesn’t embody an apology for attending the occasion.
Final week, a Trump rally to decertify Joe Biden’s Election Day victory turned violent with lawmakers compelled to evacuate after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. 5 folks died in relationship to the riot, together with two U.S. Capitol Law enforcement officials. The Home Committee on Homeland Safety deemed Wednesday’s occasion a domestic terrorist attack and in gentle of the COVID-19 pandemic, it might even have been a superspreader event.
Over the weekend, the Ly household — house owners of Tank Noodle, a 20-year-old Vietnamese restaurant in Uptown — responded to nationwide criticism of their choice to journey to D.C. Possession put up a Facebook post on Sunday condemning the riot and the demise threats staff say they obtained over the cellphone.
“Like so many different Individuals throughout our nation, we had been deeply shocked, saddened, and offended when an indignant mob stormed the U.S. Capitol final Tuesday [sic],” Tank Noodle’s put up reads.
The put up acknowledges the household left as quickly because the rally occasion ended and deny participation within the “disgraceful actions” that adopted: “The nation wants therapeutic and we’ll do our half to do the work,” the assertion continues. “We ask the identical of our fellow group members.”
The assertion additionally reads: “Should you select to take your corporation elsewhere, we’re sorry to lose you and thanks for your corporation.”
Posted round 11 a.m. on Sunday, the assertion gathered greater than 180 feedback in lower than 24 hours. Some specific help for Tank Noodle’s house owners, however most say that whereas they don’t approve of threats to employees, they’ll not patronize the restaurant.
“I might help companies whose political opinions differ from mine however not once they brag about attempting to overthrow the federal government,” one commenter writes. “Your employees shouldn’t be harassed, that ought to go with out saying. However you must also notice there are penalties in your actions and a kind of penalties is the lack of long-time clients like me.”
Another commenter notes that officers have obtained demise threats for a while. “And you might be pleased with that, proper? In reality, you went to DC to help these threats, with the purpose to overturn the election??? About violence, do you condemn the management that incited it?”
One comment shares: “Everybody has a proper to their very own beliefs. Deaths threats are unwarranted!”
However for others, the extremist symbols worn by rioters nullify the proprietor’s intentions.
“My folks had been gassed and persecuted and got here to America to avoid wasting themselves. I don’t care when you had been solely there to peacefully protest,” one person writes. “The truth that allying with leaders and individuals who assume that that is okay is greater than sufficient… We’ll by no means use violence in opposition to you or your property. We’re simply going to peacefully protest it.”
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