A Buffalo Wild Wings in Howell, Michigan, drew the ire of local Trump supporters who were coming to watch the President’s rally on the big screens after the restaurant canceled the event hours before it was supposed to begin. That ire quickly spread to the state GOP. Then, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel got involved. It took a matter of minutes following her Tweet for the restaurant to reverse their decision.
To be clear, I am not one who believes any business should be forced to hold any event on their property. If they didn’t want Trump supporters cheering on a rally, so be it. It’s their right. They should never have committed to allowing the event there in the first place if they had a problem with it. Or, if they decided after accepting the booking that they no longer wanted to have it, so be it.
But the fact they tried to cancel it so close to the time it was supposed to be held is telling. This wasn’t a business decision. Something turned political. Perhaps their staff complained. Perhaps patrons complained. But all of this could have been settled up front or long before the day of the event. Trying to cancel it this late was a mistake, and they rightly corrected it.
Businesses should be allowed to do as they please. There is no mandate for them to be fair. But canceling an event hours before it’s supposed to start is wrong. Buffalo Wild Wings ended up doing the right thing. Thankfully.
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