Eric Trump, third oldest child and second oldest son to President Donald Trump, claims that he was spit on while patronizing a Chicago drinking establishment on Tuesday night. The incident was allegedly triggered by a waitress working at the upscale Aviary cocktail bar in the city’s West Town neighborhood, and the woman was taken into Secret Service custody but later released.
“Eric was out to dinner on business, when a waitress … spit in his face,” a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said in an email to the Chicago Tribune. The unidentified woman was reportedly “immediately apprehended” and held in handcuffs for two hours. The spokesperson claims that the Chicago Police Department were intent on pressing charges, but Trump directed them to let her go.
Despite the apparent act of goodwill, Eric Trump fired back in a statement to Breitbart:
“It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems. For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning.”
The whole story seems a bit suspect, as the Chicago Police Department did note that an incident took place at The Aviary, however they directed all media inquiries to the Secret Service — and Secret Service officials would not confirm the incident. Meanwhile, the White House is directing all questions to the family’s privately-run Trump Organization, led by Eric and Don Jr.
Regardless of how much truth there is to the story — since the only entities commenting are the alleged victim himself and the private organization he runs — people don’t have much sympathy for Trump, given the reactions on Twitter.
Others had the same joke, referencing Eric’s dad’s response to yet another sexual assault accusation:
Many are pointed out that the news coincidentally broke the same day Dana Loesch was canned by the NRA:
Nick Coconas, co-owner of the Aviary as well as other restaurants including the world-renowned Alinea, is an outspoken critic of Trump’s. Following the president’s fast food spread for the Clemson Tigers national championship win, Coconas issued an invitation to the team to visit Chicago for a real celebratory meal.
The Aviary issued a statement on Wednesday morning, alleging that they did not witness the incident and are only beginning to learn details. However the restaurant maintains that no customers of theirs deserve to be spit on, and the employee has temporarily been place on leave while an investigation takes place.