Restaurant owner hits back at Trump Jr.’s offensive Obama picture
Stephan Courseau, owner of Le Bilboquet restaurant, issues lengthy apology
The owner of a Dallas restaurant has apologized after Donald Trump Jr. posed with a cookie adorned with Barack Obama’s face on it.
On Sunday, Trump Jr. posted the picture of him holding the sizable treat with a cartoon Obama on it. He posed with the cookie along with Senator Ted Cruz.
“With friends like these… some good friends decided that while my birthday is not for 2 weeks that they would get me an early 40th birthday cake. And what birthday is complete without an Obama cake? I figured it was so good that I would have to share it with Ted,” Trump Jr. wrote in the caption.
‘Betrayed and sad’
Stephan Courseau, owner of Le Bilboquet restaurant, took to Facebook to apologize for the picture. Courseau, who is French, said that his wife is Mexican and that they “believe in universal values of love, respect and tolerance.”
“Both Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz were attending a birthday celebration of one of our regular patrons who rented out our venue for a private event,” Courseau wrote.
Courseau also insisted that the cookie was not made in his kitchen.
“The party was not for either one of them nor was it any kind of partisan rally. Unfortunately, I was not working yesterday and could not intervene in the unfortunate circumstances that unfolded but I believe I owe you an explanation and an apology,” he wrote.
In the post, which Courseau later took down, the restaurant owner also said that his restaurant celebrates diversity.
“Our friends and patrons represent a wide spectrum of American beliefs including: Republicans, Democrats, and Independents,” he wrote.
“What brings them together is the same belief that we can live together with love, respect and tolerance. I made America my home a long time ago because of these values that embody the real American dream.”