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‘But, bake the cake!’ Fireworks after court rules it’s legal for bar to boot Trump supporting patron

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Turns out, a margarita weighs less on the scales of justice than a cake, figuratively speaking.

A Manhattan judge ruled on Wednesday it’s not against the law for an establishment such as a bar to throw out a Trump supporter.

Unless the Trump supporter orders a cake — no, no, no, we jest!

Greg Piatek filed a lawsuit last year against The Happiest Hour in New York City after claiming a bartender refused to serve him and a couple of friends after seeing his red “Make America Great Again” Trump hat.

The group was visiting the 9/11 memorial the week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and stopped in at the bar for drinks.

Opening Pandora’s box, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice David Cohen ruled this week that the law does not protect against political discrimination, according to the New York Post.

Describing the incident as little more than a “petty slight,” Cohen said there was no faith-based connection after the bar’s attorney argued that only religious beliefs are protected from discrimination.

“Supporting Trump is not a religion,” argued attorney Elizabeth Conway.

Piatek’s lawyer, Paul Liggieri, countered that the MAGA hat was part of his client’s “spiritual tribute to the victims of 9/11.”

“Plaintiff does not state any faith-based principle to which the hat relates,” Judge Cohen said. “Here the claim that plaintiff was not served and eventually escorted out of the bar because of his perceived support for President Trump is not outrageous conduct.”

All of which made for an interesting exchange between Judge Cohen and Piatek’s lawyer.

“How many members are in this spiritual program that your client is engaged in?” the judge asked.

“Your honor, we don’t allege the amount of individuals,” Liggieri said.

“So, it’s a creed of one?” the judge asked.

“Yes, your honor,” Liggieri replied.


The ruling makes displaying political affiliation a risky move when entering a place of business, contingent on the political views of the owners and staff.

For what it’s worth, the owner of The Happiest Hour refutes the claim that Piatek was refused service, noting that he paid his tab and included a $36 tip.

The reaction on social media to the ruling was epic, with the case of Colorado baker Jack Phillips being told he cannot refuse service to same-sex couples over religious reasons being a common theme.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:




Tom Tillison


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