A business in Arizona is facing social media backlash and calls for a boycott. Tucson's Cup It Up restaurant closed its doors for good after two of the three owners posted statements on Facebook in favor of President Donald Trump and displays of patriotism. A former partner of the eatery who was not involved in the Facebook post said that the University of Arizona-area restaurant had become the focus of harassment and threats throughout the October 7-8 weekend. Partner and chef Julian Alarcon said, "It's not worth it."

On Saturday, two employees quit the restaurant and others quit throughout the weekend. 

Partners Christopher Smith and Jay Warren described their political stances on Facebook, which included support for President Trump, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), and showing respect for the National Anthem. They also expressed distrust of "fake news" and the theory of global warming.

The restaurant partners wrote in the Facebook post on Friday that they would refrain from showing any NFL games at the restaurant in view of players' who kneel or otherwise fail to show respect for the National Anthem. Their post was soon met by an avalanche of mostly negative comment, as well as calls for a boycott. The restaurant first opened its doors in April 2016.

Three hours after it first appear, the restaurant's Facebook post was removed and by Saturday the restaurant had removed itself from social media.

On Saturday, Smith and Warren expressed apologies. In a statement, the pair said that they had not intended to "strike a nerve," while they apologized for taking “our personal political beliefs into a business forum.” Their statement read: “We assumed there would be some discussion and shares, but never this type of animosity and hostility.”

After receiving death threats, and promises to burn down the business, the owners pondered on Saturday morning whether to close the restaurant indefinitely. However, they stayed open on Saturday and into Sunday withou incident. 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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