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Students Fight Back After Bar Blocks Them from Celebrating Kavanaugh Confirmation

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Following a lengthy and outrageous confirmation process, Brett Kavanaugh was finally confirmed by the Senate to be the next associate justice of the Supreme Court.

The Daily Caller reported that a group of College Republicans at the University of Washington in Seattle wanted to host a celebratory event in honor of the conservative jurist’s confirmation, and arranged for an event called “Beers 4 Brett” to be held at a popular local named Shultzy’s.

The event was advertised on social media with a line that read, “Let’s celebrate our newest Supreme Court Justice, and the failure of the lies and false claims against him!”

Needless to say, leftists still angry over Kavanaugh’s confirmation wasted no time inundating the social media advertisement with vile threats, not to mention numerous complaints lodged with the venue for hosting the event. The threats and complaints prompted the bar to contact the group and plead with them to cancel the event and not come to the bar.

KTTH conservative talk radio host Justin Rantz reported that Shultzy’s posted a message to Facebook aimed at the group, which read, “Shultzy’s is a sports-themed bar & grill that welcomes everyone. We do not promote or endorse any one religious or political viewpoint. As such, due to the political nature of your planned event, we request that you find another venue to celebrate.”

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Chevy Swanson, president of the UWCR group, told Rantz, “I thought that the left wing activists who took notice of our event had lied to the restaurant about the nature of our event. It seemed incredibly odd to deny service for a quiet gathering of college republicans and guests.”

So Swanson contacted an attorney who’d successfully sued the school on their behalf previously — Bill Becker of Freedom X — who suggested the student group threaten to sue the bar for discrimination if they refused to host the event, citing a Seattle ordinance that specifically prohibits businesses from discriminating based on political ideology.

That gambit may have worked, as the group proceeded to show up at the bar as originally planned and held the event without incident. Swanson told Rantz, “We asked for a table and they served us.”



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Of the ideological discrimination directed toward his group, Swanson said, “It’s shown that it’s clear that the tension against conservatives around here has hit a boiling point where even the smallest public showing of support of conservative ideas is a point of contention and that there is no reason to roll over to hostility like that.”

A liberal-leaning local media outlet named Crosscut reported that despite all of the tension, the celebration at the bar was relatively quiet and uneventful, even as a small group of liberals upset over the Kavanaugh confirmation looked on in disdain, one of them even admitting he had considered attempting “to start some s—” prior to deciding not to out of fear of repercussions.

“I think showing how far people on the left will go to defame someone has united the right,” said Swanson, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Washington, who asserted that the Democrats had run with the smear campaign against Kavanaugh to cynically improve their political prospects.

“You don’t see people in the Senate giving a crap about anyone unless it’s politically viable for them … they don’t care,” the student added. “We need to be voting in the midterms because these actions and methods (by the left) are not what the country needs.”

Asked by the young liberal journalist if the Kavanaugh fight would tarnish the reputation of the Supreme Court, Swanson replied that he believed most Americans “will forget real fast” and move on to the next outrage of the week.

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Swanson said, “It’s political mudslinging. It’s partisan. They’ll find something else to get mad about. Trump will tweet something and suddenly they’ll stop caring about Christine Ford because they never actually cared. It was political.”

This bar in the middle of a deep blue liberal city initially appeared to cave to the anguished outcry of offended leftists outraged over College Republicans celebrating a Supreme Court confirmation with a few beers and brats.

But the College Republicans held their ground and called the bar’s bluff, threatening to sue for discrimination if they weren’t served after showing up anyways. Their victory, which may seem small in the broader context, is nevertheless significant in that it shows just what can happen when conservatives stand up for themselves and refuse to be bullied into silence by the left.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
Birthplace
Louisiana
Nationality
American
Education
The School of Life
Location
Little Rock, Arkansas
Languages Spoken
English
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