Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, has declined to press charges against a waitress who allegedly spit on him at a Chicago restaurant on Wednesday night.
Trump was out to dinner at The Aviary on Tuesday night when a waitress allegedly spit on him. The woman was taken into custody by the Secret Service and the Chicago Police Department, but Trump has declined to file charges against her.
Despite that decision, the restaurant has placed the waitress on leave pending an investigation.
In a statement to Breitbart News, Trump described the woman as someone “who clearly has emotional problems:”
“It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems. For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility.”
The restaurant also issued a statement after the incident, calling it “unfortunate” while describing the fallout from the incident “troubling:”
“We have voices and the means to be heard. A degrading act lowers the tenor of debate,” the statement read. “To some it might feel good, but it is unlikely to serve any larger purpose. We hope this incident can, at least, serve to illuminate the current absurdity of the discourse in our politics.”
On social media, hundreds of people are coming out both in favor and against the waitress, with some calling for the business to be shut down. Some have also posted fake reviews on websites like Yelp and have sent threatening messages to employees, but the restaurant says that all “fellow Americans and citizens” should “aim higher” to elevate the discourse in the country.