VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – The owner of a Florida restaurant has committed the eye-opening act of banning voters and supporters of President Joe Biden from her establishment as a way of protesting the deaths of U.S. service members during the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Angie Ugarte, owner of the DeBary Diner in Volusia County, hung a sign on the front door of the eatery, decrying the deaths of the 13 members of the military by a suicide bomber at Kabul Airport last week and inviting those who back the president to kindly take their business elsewhere.
The sign reads as follows:
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“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.”
Ugarte told local media that she felt compelled to speak out after witnessing the botched pullout of troops in Afghanistan that he blames the Biden Administration for.
“It was the only thing I felt like I could do,” he said. “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’s sign has its share of both supporters and detractors. Many are praising the business owner’s actions, which in addition to the Biden ban, also includes a newly-established wall called “Our Local Heroes” which is dedicated to U.S. service members and features photographs and flags.
However, others are reportedly taking the sign’s firm suggestion and are simply dining elsewhere.
The war in Afghanistan, which ended on Monday, has lasted 20 years – making it America’s longest war – and it has claimed tens of thousands of lives throughout the conflict, including over 2,400 American service members.