A restaurant in Florida has hung up a sign telling President Biden supporters that they are not welcome after the administration had conducted a problematic withdrawal from Afghanistan, leading to the deaths of 13 U.S. service members.
The sign, posted on the front door of the DeBary Diner in Volusia County, reads, “If you voted for and continue to support and stand behind the worthless, inept and corrupt administration currently inhabiting the White House that is complicit in the death of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan, please take your business elsewhere.”
“God bless American and God bless our soldiers,” the sign adds.
The restaurant’s owner, Angie Ugarte, told Fox 35 Orlando that she posted the message the same day 13 U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. The U.S. service members lost their lives in a suicide attack from an affiliate of the Islamic State. U.S. service members were helping facilitate the evacuation of U.S. forces and Afghan allies after the Taliban swiftly took over Kabul, leading to the collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government.
“It was the only thing I felt like I could do. I was just angry. I was just let down. I felt like one of those mothers, or wives, or sisters who were gonna get that knock on the door,” Ugarte said.
The Debary Diner has been running for about five years, and many regular customers are veterans.
Asked how customers reacted to the message, Ugarte said that, “I’ve had people come to the door and look at it and turn around and walk away. And I’ve had people come into the kitchen while I’m cooking and say, ‘Hey, I love your sign.’”
When asked how long the sign will stay up, the owner said as long as it takes, pointing out that there are still Americans stranded in Afghanistan.