[Ed. – Apart from well-known ‘white supremacists,’ like Sarah Sanders, how will they recognize these people?]
What happens if a white supremacist walks into a bar? Sounds like a joke, but that’s the reality DC business owners are preparing for as hate groups convene in Washington on Sunday for the Unite the Right 2 rally. After last year’s violent gathering in Charlottesville, business owners are taking action for potential confrontations with the estimated 400 white nationalists and other attendees—whether that involves beefing up security, as is the case at downtown mainstay Old Ebbitt, training staff to deal with aggressive patrons, or closing altogether.
In advance of the rally, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) sent out a toolkit for business owners with legal information about their rights to refuse service to white nationalists and other political fringe groups. A similar document was disseminated in January around Trump’s inauguration —fresh off the heels of Pizzagate, when a gunman fired shots inside Comet Ping Pong while investigating the wild conspiracy theory. Still, Founding Famers restaurateur Dan Simons says Unite the Right is a different scenario altogether for his restaurants, one of which is located a few blocks from the rally.