Tom Courtney, owner of Courtney’s Restaurant, in Tennessee is facing death threats and accusations over his choice to host a political event for GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN), who is currently running for Senate in the state.
Tom Courtney said he is getting phone calls and online messages threatening him and his business.
“I can’t begin to tell you how awful it was,” Courtney said on the nationally-syndicated radio program. “They called me a racist, bigot, called me an ‘MF’ plenty of times and (one guy) told me to watch my back.”
Sadly Courtney customers that have been eating at the establishment for years say they will no longer patronize his restaurant over the hosting of the event.
Courtney wrote hitting back at his critics In a social media post: “This is a family restaurant. It sells food. When people come in and order food, we sell it to them. We book events for all sorts of things including charities and business alliances, social organizations, and such. We do NOT discriminate on race, religion, or political affiliation.”
Courtney also noted that all kinds of people from the community enjoy his food and they enjoy the customers.
“We have all manner of people eating in our establishment every day. They sit beside each other as neighbors and get along just fine. We are a family restaurant and we treat everyone as family with integrity and respect,” he said. “Our employees’ political affiliations are their own. We have both parties represented and we work shoulder to shoulder each day. We would appreciate you treating us with the same respect as we treat each of you.”
Marshall Blackburn took to Twitter to slam the “angry mob” for threatening Courtney and his staff.
The radical Left is out of control, and their angry mob is right here in Tennessee. Tom, we appreciate your opening your restaurant up to us, and we hope you are treated with the same respect as you treat your customers.https://t.co/DbJriASwZO
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) October 17, 2018