NYC Judge Rules That Bars Can Discriminate Against Trump Supporters

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Judge rules that NYC bars can legally blacklist Trump supporters

A New York City judge ruled this week that bar and restaurant owners can ban customers from wearing MAGA caps and other Trump-supporting apparel. 

The Manhattan judge struck down a tourist’s lawsuit against a West Village bar after he was kicked out for wearing a MAGA hat.

Nypost.com reports: Philadelphia accountant Greg Piatek, 31, was bounced from a West Village watering hole in January 2017, just after Trump took the oath of office, for wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, according to his lawsuit over the incident.

“Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!” Piatek claims the staff of The Happiest Hour on West 10th Street told him after he and his pals complained about the rude service they were getting from a bartender.

So he sued in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming the incident “offended his sense of being American.”

But on Wednesday, when the bar’s lawyer, Elizabeth Conway, pointed out that only religious, and not political, beliefs are protected under state and city discrimination laws, saying, “supporting Trump is not a religion” — Piatek pivoted.

“The purpose of the hat is that he wore it because he was visiting the 9/11 Memorial,” his attorney Paul Liggieri told Justice David Cohen in court Wednesday.

“He was paying spiritual tribute to the victims of 9/11. The Make American Great Again hat was part of his spiritual belief,” Liggieri claimed. Piatek and his pals had, in fact, visited the memorial before the bar.

“Rather than remove his hat, instead he held true to his spiritual belief and was forced from the bar,” Liggieri said.

When the judge asked how the bar employees were supposed to be aware of Piatek’s unusual religious beliefs, Liggieri answered, “They were aware he was wearing the hat.”

The judge pressed Liggieri on the idea of his client’s professed creed.

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“How many members are in this spiritual program that your client is engaged in?” the judge asked.

“Your honor, we don’t allege the amount of individuals,” Liggieri said.

“So, it’s a creed of one?” the judge asked.

“Yes, your honor,” Liggieri replied.

After nearly an hour of argument the judge took a short break and then returned to the bench with his ruling.

“Plaintiff does not state any faith-based principle to which the hat relates,” Cohen said in tossing the case.

Piatek had sued for unspecified emotional damages, but the judge said the incident amounted to nothing more than a “petty” slight.

“Here the claim that plaintiff was not served and eventually escorted out of the bar because of his perceived support for President Trump is not outrageous conduct,” the judge ruled.

Liggieri said he plans to review the decision to determine whether or not to appeal.

13 Comments

  1. That’s a weird way of ruling that bars can discriminate against *anyone*. But if I owned a bar, would I want a bunch of practically guaranteed rowdy, drunk, and political assholes? Hell fucking no.

    • I wouldn’t either, but I don’t believe this gentlemen was being rowdy, drunk and being political. He just happened to have the hat on.

      • That might be true, but wearing the hat is making a statement. One thing conservatives like to play stupid about.

        • It’s not conservatives that cause the violence.

          Now Don’t You Feel Stupid?

          Just downvote, flag as spam and move on.

          Waltzin Matilda

          • You’re mostly right. Being that virtually all Modern Conservatives are beta males, they just hoot and holler like crazed apes. Liberal men are notorious for being the ones to actually put their foot to the ground. How does that make YOU feel?

          • It makes me feel that you are a moron.

            In fact, the kind who would bring a knife to the fight.

            Waltzin Matilda

          • It makes me feel that you are a moron.

            In fact, the kind who would bring a knife to the fight.

            Golly. Just quit while you’re ahead, moron.

    • Sad… New York is falling apart! I live 75 miles west of NYC. I just can’t look at it the same anymore. Going to Hell in a nutshell…

    • Yeah, the United States under White Christendom was such a utopia. Rampant child abuse and neglect, woman abuse and beating, total rejection of the arts and denial of spiritualism and anything not done at a church, table or couch seen as taboo. Forcing anything not in a three-piece suit to hide in the closet, including musical talent, many natural personality types, and god forbid anyone not straight (even though straight people go through the gay stage because it is 100% natural). Forcing monotone, unoriginal, corporate advertising and junk on everyone. Labeling anyone not normal as insane, retarded, or handicapped. One of the most boring, retarded and purgatory eras of human existence. I’ll still take the modern era over that shit any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

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