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Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell criticized North Miami, Florida, restaurant owners Sunday after the food establishment asked the conservative commentator to leave the eatery due to his political views.
Paradis Books and Bread owners kicked Caldwell out of the restaurant Saturday morning, claiming the “behavior” and “words” of the group he dined with made the employees and other patrons in the space “very uncomfortable.”
Caldwell explained the situation to “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Rachel Campos-Duffy, noting that the group had discussed several topics, including working at the legacy media outlet, values, violent crime, and progressive district attorneys.
Restaurant owners then approached Caldwell and his companions, saying they were “not welcomed there because we aren’t politically aligned.”
“This situation reminds me of something that MLK said in 1963, a very simple truth,” he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere — and what I experienced yesterday, me and some of my neighbors, who I’m just getting to know, was an injustice.”
“It was a grave injustice,” he added.
Caldwell further compared the situation to the Jim Crow South era — a group of laws that legalized racial segregation.
“If this was not the Jim Crow South, I can’t tell much of a difference,” he said, “There’s a target on the backs of people who happen to be Black — who happen to be conservative — and it needs to come to an end.”
After the interaction, Caldwell called Paradis’ handling of the situation “outrageous” on social media, garnering approximately two million views.
“They said, ‘Are you a conservative?’ I said, ‘yes,'” Caldwell said. “In fact, I have a book called ‘Taken for Granted: How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed.’ You should get the book.'”
Caldwell told the owner about his brother, who was shot and killed in Chicago, Illinois, last summer.
Recently, Caldwell spoke with congress members on Capitol Hill about seeking justice for his brother and other violent crime in America, which he claims to have further explained to the restaurant owners.
Paradis responded on Instagram, saying that Caldwell’s group had been “talking about women in degrading ways, as well as using eugenic arguments around their thoughts on Roe v. Wade.”
“Once it was clear that they were finished with their meal, we told them that our views don’t align, and that the language they were using was unwelcome in our space,” the statement reads. “One person in the group said, ‘That is your business model, and I respect that.'”
“As a space co-owned by black folks and women, we firmly stand by our zero tolerance policy,” the statement added.
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