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An employee at a high-end Chicago cocktail bar was questioned by the Secret Service on Tuesday evening after allegedly spitting on Eric Trump, according to local media reports and an interview with another worker at the establishment.
The president’s son confirmed the incident to Breitbart News.
“It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” Trump, 35, told the conservative site. He declined to comment to The Washington Post.
Trump, who is executive vice president of the Trump Organization, was at the Aviary around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday when he was allegedly spit on, NBC reported.
The Secret Service declined to comment on the incident. Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police Department spokesman, confirmed on Twitter that local officers assisted the Secret Service at the bar but declined to discuss what happened.
Aviary, in Chicago’s West Loop, said Wednesday that an “unfortunate incident” involving Trump and one of its employees occurred and said the unnamed employee was placed on leave.
“What is certain is this: no customer should ever be spit upon,” the restaurant said in a statement obtained by local NBC reporter Mary Ann Ahern.
The restaurant has been bombarded since the incident, it said, with “hundreds” of people calling to threaten employees and post fake reviews online. Aviary also said it was troublesome that others praised the incident as an act of civil disobedience.
“A degrading act lowers the tenor of debate,” Aviary said.
Yelp appeared to have removed some negative reviews that flooded the restaurant’s page. It later posted a warning to users that recent news reports caused an uptick of people visiting to weigh in.
Eric Trump attributed the alleged spitting incident to the employee’s politics.
“For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility,” Trump told Breitbart, apparently referencing Democrats. “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.”