A fight between the owner of a North Miami cafe and a Fox News analyst led to a lot of online harassment, which made the cafe close until next month.
Gianno Caldwell, a political analyst for Fox News and self-proclaimed “sworn enemy of PC [Politically Correct] culture,” was having breakfast with friends at Paradis Books and Bread, 12831 W. Dixie Highway, on Saturday. One of the cafe’s owners came over to the table and told the group they had to leave when the conversation turned to Caldwell’s conservative views.
Caldwell said on Sunday’s Fox & Friends Weekend that the bar’s owner told him and his friends they weren’t welcome because their political views “do not align.”
“There’s a target on the backs of Black people who are also conservative,” Caldwell said on the show. “This needs to be over… This shouldn’t happen at all.
“There’s a target on the backs of people who happen to be Black, who happen to be conservative,” Caldwell said on the segment. “It needs to come to an end… This should not be the case at all.”
On Instagram, the cafe told a bit of a different story about what happened Saturday morning. When they got there, they ordered food and sat in a corner of the restaurant. But they “talked quite loudly,” and the cafe says that some of its employees and customers found the conversation upsetting.
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The cafe said in a statement that the group talked about women in “degrading ways” and used “eugenic arguments” to explain how they felt about Roe v. Wade.
“Once it was clear that they were finished with their meal, we told them that our views don’t align, and that the language they were using was unwelcome in our space,” the cafe noted in the statement.
The cafe posted on Instagram that since the incident, the owners have been harassed and have gotten “alarming messages” on their personal phones. Partly because of this, they decided to close until the end of the month.
Since Saturday, angry conservatives have been tweeting about how they want to stop going to a cafe in North Miami. On Paradis Books and Bread’s Google review page, there are also dozens of bad reviews. Some people, perhaps because of Caldwell’s experience, focused on the food and service. Others talked directly about what happened.
“Terrible people that own and operate this establishment,” one reviewer said. “They made my POC friend G.C. and friends leave because they are intolerant of free speech. I’d leave negative stars if I could.”
“The owner is a socialist and doesn’t support the first amendment,” another reviewer said.
And yet another: “It’s not safe for some people to go here.”
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