The University of Washington College Republicans just wanted to go out and celebrate the confirmation of new Justice Brett Kavanaugh with some beer at Shultzy’s Bar and Grill in Seattle. They made a post on Facebook about the gathering calling it “Beers 4 Brett” and saying, “Let’s celebrate our newest Supreme Court Justice, and the failure of the lies and false claims against him!” But they didn’t expect what happened next.
Seattle is a well-known liberal strong-hold. Apparently, some progressive activists saw the students’ post and called the bar to complain.
The UWCR’s president, Chevy Swanson, shared what happened next with Jason Rantz on his radio show.
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In response, Shultzy’s Bar and Grill posted on Facebook: “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.”
In other words, they welcome everyone — except Republicans celebrating a major SCOTUS victory. It remains unclear if they allowed Progressive patrons to drink away their sorrows, depressed Kavanaugh ended up on the Supreme Court despite their resistance.
“I thought that the left wing activists who took notice of our event had lied to the restaurant about the nature of our event,” Swanson tells the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “It seemed incredibly odd to deny service for a quiet gathering of college republicans and guests.”
How can they claim that they are open to all political viewpoints if they’re specifically banning based on political viewpoint?
But there was one problem with the bar’s actions.
Seattle and Washington D.C are among the very few places that specifically have legislated against discriminating on the basis of political ideology. So they are essentially committing a potentially illegal act.
Swanson immediately contacted Bill Becker of Freedom X, the attorney who successfully sued UW on their behalf, after the school imposed onerous fees in a move to silence the group’s political activism.
“[Becker] advised us to call and explain that they can’t deny service over political leanings,” Swanson told me. “We did and they hung up on us…”
Becker posted to the Shultzy’s Facebook page to warn the bar: if you deny them service, Freedom X will sue.
So the Republicans showed up to the bar as planned and were served.
“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 believes.
Some pointed out the hypocrisy of the supposedly tolerant left.
The left, being the left, responded with threats.