Mistaken Identity: NJ restaurant receives blow back from Press Sec. incident in Virginia

“We came into work this morning and just got bombarded with hate speech and threats.”

Shara Dae Howard
June 23, 2018 - 9:20 pm
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 3, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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SWEDESBORO, NJ  (KYW Newsradio) -- Mistaken identity has left the owners of a New Jersey restaurant rattled after being on the receiving end of threats following an alleged incident with the White House Press Secretary.

“We came into work this morning and just got bombarded with hate speech and threats,” said owner Elizabeth Pope.

Pope is the owner of the Red Hen in Swedesboro, New Jersey.

She says she is desperately fending off threats and hate mail after being mistaken for a Virginia restaurant that allegedly kicked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders out.

READ: Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

“Red Hen in Virginia, I think as a result of them taking down their website and Facebook page, with ours being up...they assumed it was us,” she explains.

Pope posted on the Red Hen Facebook page that her restaurant is not the restaurant in question.

"We're a small family business, she said. We’re a mom-and-pop shop. We know what we are and we are living our own truth. 

Pope says she is using extra precautions to ensure the safety of her staff as these threats continue to pour in.