A cafe in California that is owned by a legal immigrant was protested by an anti-Trump group and had its membership from the local Chamber of Commerce revoked because its owner supports President Trump.
Asher Shalom, the owner of Asher Caffé & Lounge, said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday that leftists in his community of Boyle Heights have taken exception to his support for Trump’s immigration policies.
Shalom told Brian Kilmeade that as a legal immigrant who came to America 30 years ago, he takes issue with those coming to the country illegally.
He said that the majority of his 70 employees are immigrants.
Shalom’s son, David, said that his father’s business is on good terms with their downtown Los Angeles community.
“It’s a shame that expressing pro-Trump sentiment has really caused all of this divide,” he said.
The anti-Trump group “Defend Boyle Heights” posted a lengthy video to its Facebook page showing a group of protesters outside Shalom’s business, Fox News reports.
The group also said that Shalom’s business supported gentrification of the community, posting “This Gentry business is trying to creep in without folks noticing that their owner is an anti-immigrant Trump loving gentryfier!”
“They are against anything new that comes to this area, so we are confused,” Asher Shalom said Thursday.
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“One of the reasons that I’m pro-Trump and I love him [is] because I’ve been in the textile business for about 30 years and I saw how we lost a lot of businesses to China,” he said.
In a letter, Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Lahoda reportedly said that Shalom’s views “are not in line with the values and objectives of the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce.”
CBS Los Angeles reported that Lahoda took issue with a Facebook post of Shalom’s that states, “I wish Democrats would fight as hard for Americans, as they do for illegals.”
In a statement to “Fox & Friends,” the Chamber said that the Asher Caffe & Lounge’s membership had been revoked, membership dues refunded and that the chamber’s participation in its grand opening were cancelled.
The Daily Wire reports:
The Daily Wire reached out to the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce on Monday for clarification on the supposed “anti-immigrant” posts, but did not receive a reply in time for publication.
However, some of the apparently unacceptable posts highlighted by DBH included Mr. Shalom merely retweeting the president and sharing a post that says, “I wish Democrats would fight as hard for Americans, as they do for illegals.”
This is not exactly damning stuff.
On Thursday, the DBH showed up to protest the cafe, chanting, “These racists have got to go,” “Gentry get the f*** out,” and other obscenities. One group member recording the protest criticized that “they have all the POC [people of color] cops” out to provide protection for the establishment and customers. There were also members taunting the officers on duty, saying “pigs in a blanket” and “a pig is a pig no matter what title.” Moreover, customers walking in and out of the cafe were harassed by protesters literally shouting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and “Get the f*** out!” as they passed by.
“There were also a lot of anti-Semitic slurs thrown throughout the night and pro-Palestinian chants,” David Shalom, the owner’s son, told The Daily Wire. “We received numerous death threats on the phone and online,” he added.
Mr. Shalom reiterated his support for local law enforcement. “Our cafe proudly extends a 40% off to all of our hardworking and tireless law enforcement, fire departments, CHP and armed forces (army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard),” he said. “I humbly support and donate to various organizations within my community such as local churches and schools.”
“Asher Caffé & Lounge will always be open to all of you and the entire community,” he stated.
Shalom said he currently employs 65 immigrants. “We’ve been creating jobs here in downtown for 30 years.”