On Monday, the Daily Caller reported that the University of Washington College Republicans threatened a Seattle bar with a lawsuit for discrimination after it told them they could not celebrate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation victory.
According to the Daily Caller:
They titled the event at Shultzy’s bar “Beers 4 Brett,” and the description of the event was, “Let’s celebrate our newest Supreme Court Justice, and the failure of the lies and false claims against him!”
Many people on the left saw the event page — and posted threats on social media — while others called the bar, according to Armen Tooloee, a member of the club, who spoke to The Daily Caller on Monday.
On Saturday, the day of the event, the bar contacted the group and asked them not to come, saying “Shultzy’s is a sports-themed bar & grill that welcomes everyone. We do not promote or endorse any one religious or political viewpoint. As such, due to the political nature of your planned event, we request that you find another venue to celebrate.”
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The group then contacted attorney Bill Becker from FreedomX, who advised club president Chevy Swanson to call the bar and let them know they were violating Seattle’s discrimination law.
“[Becker] advised us to call and explain that they can’t deny service over political leanings,” Swanson said. “We did and they hung up on us…”
According to WND, KTTH’s Jason Rantz said: “The bar’s discomfort with the event aside, there could have been a small problem if they were to enforce their request: Seattle prohibits discrimination on the basis of political ideology, one of the few cities in the country offering such protection. Indeed, it’s been controversial, as some Progressives argue it should be legal to discriminate against people who hold views counter to their own.”
Rantz further stated:
Becker posted to the Shultzy’s Facebook page to warn the bar: if you deny them service, Freedom X will sue.
With that in mind, Swanson and over a dozen UWCR members went to the bar as planned, and clearly explained they were there for their gathering.
“We asked for a table and they served us,” Swanson said, relieved that the threat of a lawsuit allowed them to be treated like any other customer would.
Rantz said Shultzy’s Bar and Grill did not respond to his request for comments.
Swanson and other UWCR members, however, said this is par for the course for conservatives in liberal Seattle. Nevertheless, Rantz reported, they promised to continue pushing back against the ideological bigotry.
“It’s shown that it’s clear that the tension against conservatives around here has hit a boiling point where even the smallest public showing of support of conservative ideas is a point of contention and that there is no reason to roll over to hostility like that,” Swanson said.
Nevertheless, WND said, others endorsed the bar’s discrimination.
“Good for you Shultzy’s. Will strongly recommend your establishment,” one person wrote on social media.
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