Washington, DC - A former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer who harassed a man wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat and called him a “Nazi” took to social media to express his shock and outrage after he was thrown out of a restaurant.
The incident occurred on July 4 when T.J. Helmstetter, whose LinkedIn page described him as a former associate communications director for the DNC, encountered a man in a MAGA hat at his favorite barbecue joint, the Washington Examiner reported.
Helmstetter admitted to harassing the man in the MAGA hat in a series of tweets posted later that night.
"Guy wears MAGA hat at my favorite restaurant. I say 'hey are you from dc?' He says 'no.' I say 'we don’t tolerate racism in this city.' His girlfriend then physically jabs fingers into my chest and starts threatening me. Management tells me to leave, not woman who assaulted me,” @TheTJHelm tweeted in a series of posts that he later deleted.
Helmstetter became even angrier when he didn’t get the desired results from his complaint to the Hill County Barbecue Market’s management and continued to tweet.
“Just called the manager there and his answer was ‘we are an equal opportunity restaurant who welcomes all political viewpoints’ before hanging up on me. cool, except MAGA hats actually make clear that POC and LGBT are not welcome at all,” the enraged man posted.
But he didn’t stop there, and continued his tirade.
“To be clear, is the Nazi’s 1st amendment right to wear racist s--t in public. And it is decent people’s 1A right to tell them they are racist pieces of s--t. He exercised his 1A right, and I exercised mine. @HillCountryBBQ mgmt. chose to protect the Nazi’s right but not mine,” Helmstetter posted.
The Democratic strategist may not have been expecting the response he got to his entitled posts because as soon as he felt the blowback and found himself the subject of derision, he made his Twitter account private, the Washington Examiner reported.
Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway responded to Helmstetter’s posts on Twitter.
“Intolerant man harasses people trying to have dinner and is shocked that he is asked to leave,” Hemingway tweeted.
WSB conservative radio host Erick Erickson also took Helmstetter to task on Twitter for wondering why he would have to leave the restaurant.
“This guy was harassing a Trump supporter in the restaurant and now claims to be the victim,” Erickson pointed out.