DC Barbecue Joint Kicks Out Patron For Harassing Customer In MAGA Hat

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A Washington, D.C., barbecue joint allegedly kicked out a man who accused a tourist of racism for wearing a Make America Great Again hat Thursday.

TJ Helmstetter tweeted Thursday night that he was kicked out of his “favorite restaurant,” Hill Country Barbecue and Market, after accusing a tourist wearing a MAGA hat of racism. Helmstetter reportedly called the tourist a Nazi  for sporting the MAGA hat, a hat bearing President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan.

Helmstetter identifies himself as a “progressive communicator” on Twitter and works as a communications strategist and entrepreneur according to his LinkedIn account.

Helmstetter called the tourist a “Nazi” and said that Hill Country Barbecue and Market supports “Trump and Nazis.” (RELATED: Palo Alto Woman Fired After She Screams At And Doxxes Old Man In MAGA Hat)

Helmstetter says that after finding out the man was not from D.C., he told the man, “We don’t tolerate racism in this city.”

Helmstetter said that the tourist’s girlfriend “assaulted” him by “jabbing her fingers into my chest repeatedly” and allegedly threatening him. Helmstetter then complained that though he was asked to leave, neither the tourist nor his girlfriend were.

Helmstetter claims to have called the manager at Hill Country Barbecue, saying that the manager told him the restaurant is “an equal opportunity restaurant who welcomes all political viewpoints.”

“Cool, except MAGA hats actually make clear that POC and LGBT are not welcome at all,” Helmstetter tweeted.

“Last night in Washington, D.C., we had an unfortunate incident and had to ask a guest to leave due to their hostile behavior towards another guest in the restaurant,” Hill Country Barbecue and Market said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Hill Country Barbecue Market is in the business of serving great barbecue with friendly and hospitable service. In return, we ask our guests to be respectful and polite to each other. We continue to ensure our restaurants are a safe place for all of our employees and our guests.”

Helmstetter did not respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.

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