A bar in Chicago is being criticized for a Facebook post that declared no one could enter if they wore a "MAGA" Trump campaign hat.
Here's what they said
The owner of the bar posted a statement on Facebook Saturday, comparing "Make America Great Again" hats to face tattoos, and indicated that neither would be welcome at the establishment.
"After much consternation and consideration and to maintain a 'classy environment', Replay Lincoln Park has implemented a new and strictly enforced dress code," the post read.
"No face tattoos, no specific hats, please see below," it continued. "Let’s keep it classy Chicago. Sincerely, management."
Attached to the post was a image of the "Make America Great Again" hat and another image of a man with a facial tattoo.
What did the bar owner say?
In a statement to NBC 5 Chicago, bar owner Mark Kwiatkowski said he wrote the post himself in order to draw attention to the "ugliness" in politics.
“I was just frustrated and I just kind of wanted to make somewhat of a statement,” he said. “I felt like we did have an opportunity to say something that might draw some attention to this ugliness.”
In a follow-up Facebook post, Kwiatkowski joked about all the new interactions since he banned the Trump hats, and referred to the restaurant that had asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave.
"We've been getting a lot more interactions here on Facebook since we decided to disallow MAGA hats and we're not sure how to deal with it," the post read. "Hey Red Hen, how are y'all handling it? (And are you interested in any cross-promotion opportunities?)"