Too bad this didn’t happen in Wrigleyville.
Following the presidential election in November, quite a lot of vitriol and angst has been the order of the day, up to and including Americans simply not wanting to be in the presence of those who disagree with them politically.
Yes, the mood of the nation is that poisoned after the Biden-Harris ticket claimed victory following some quite obvious vote…irregularities…that a lot of Americans believe is outright voter fraud. That being the case, individuals on both sides of the political divide are expressing their opinions in a variety of ways.
That’s commitment for you. And Thompson doesn’t care if he offends anyone, either.
Thompson defended the posting, noting that it is not a joke.
“I don’t want them anyway. I don’t want them in there, and I don’t have to pretend that they have respect for me, so I’m going to show disrespect for them,” Thompson said. “Don’t come in my store. Tell your friends. I don’t want you in the store. I don’t want you near me.”
Whether or not this move is a good business practice is not Thompson’s point. Truthfully, he is exercising his first amendment rights in a way most Americans would not.
“There’s nothing in any anti-discrimination law – federal, state or local, that prohibits you from expressing your political beliefs – which is obviously what this store is doing,” said CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller, adding that the sign is protected speech in a private business.
How this affects Thompson’s business is another subject entirely.