A Mexican restaurant in northern California received intense backlash on social media over the last week after it posted a picture celebrating a visit from Mike Lindell.
Tres Chiles Picosos owner Michelle Hill said that two of her employees recognized the founder and CEO of MyPillow when he visited the establishment because they had purchased merchandise from the company. She said that neither of the workers knew anything at that time about Lindell’s political activism.
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Lindell has been a very vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and has claimed that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. He is currently being sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems. That firm seeks $1.3 billion in damages from Lindell related to alleged claims he made about the company’s participation in a scheme to commit election fraud.
Hill said that she also did not know anything about Lindell’s involvement in politics when the waitress and bartender who recognized him took a photograph with him. She proceeded to post the picture to the restaurant’s page on Facebook.
She said, “I don’t get into politics,” and added that neither she nor her staff knew anything about Lindell other than “he’s the MyPillow guy.” Hill added that her staff has bought items from his company and were simply “excited to see someone famous.”
She soon discovered the political controversy surrounding Lindell after posting the picture and the negative comments began rolling in. One user wrote that they were not angry about “the politics,” but about the “crimes and sedition.” The comment went on to say: “You don’t post photos with other tourists, why start with him.”
Hill said that she refused to be bullied and would have posted the picture even if she had known about the political controversy since Lindell was a famous customer. She said that Lindell was the first television personality her staff had seen visit the restaurant, and they would have certainly asked for a picture with “Biden, Trump, Martha Stewart, or George Clooney” just the same.
“This had zero to do with politics,” she added. Even though she says she has also received threatening phone calls and is facing other people calling for a boycott of her establishment, she has refused to remove the post from the Facebook page.