People Are Attacking a Mexican Trump Supporter's Business Online and in Person

People Are Attacking a Mexican Trump Supporter's Business Online and in Person
Source: AP
Source: AP

Like bad shellfish or a natural disaster, the effects of Donald Trump are often felt long after he's gone. 

Right now, no one knows that better than Tucson resident Betty Rivas. After Trump invited Rivas to the stage because she held a sign saying "Latinos Support D. Trump" in the air, Rivas' restaurant, Sammy's Mexican Grill, has faced harassment both online and offline, according to the Arizona Daily Star

The rally happened on Saturday, March 19, and the harassment began the following night. Phone calls inundate Rivas, who is Mexican, and her husband Jorge, who is El Salvadoran. The people on the other end call them racists and threaten their business, according to local ABC affiliate KGUN9

Rivas and Trump
Source: 
Ross D. Franklin/AP

The twist? Rivas brought a similar sign to a Bernie Sanders rally: Rivas is currently torn between the two candidates. 

"I haven't done anything wrong; I have the right to say what I'm thinking," Rivas said to KGUN9. "I can go listen to Hillary, I can go listen to Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, because I'm within my right. I didn't do anything wrong." 

But Yelp reviewers clicking away at their keyboards don't care very much about the real story. Sammy's Mexican Grill's Yelp page is awash with the murky-brown luster of inflammatory one-star reviews. 

Source: Yelp
Source: Yelp

Some of the reviews on the page are clearly from people who created new Yelp accounts just to harass Sammy's: They have no profile and have only given one review. 


Source: Yelp

Some reviewers even admit they've never attended the restaurant in their review. 

Source: Yelp

After news reports of the threats and Yelp reviews, however, people have been reaching out to offer support. 

"I saw the article about her receiving threats and I thought, I don't [have] any plans for lunch," Arizona resident Michael Carlier said to the Daily Star. "I just jumped up in the car and raced up here." 

Trump's Tuscon rally garnered more controversy beyond Rivas' sign. Activists blocked a local highway to stop people from attending Trump's rally. 

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez is a Staff Writer at Mic. He is a queer Latino New Yorker who enjoys female rappers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Flannery O'Connor. He is a former editor at TheBody.com and he is working on a memoir.

MORE FROM

Hundreds rally in Times Square to protest Donald Trump’s transgender military ban

“I’m out here to support my trans brothers and sisters who have been serving our military for years and years and years."

Several Republicans are strongly denouncing Trump’s military transgender ban

“Anybody who wants to serve in the military should serve in the military. I don’t agree with the president.”

Worried Trump might pardon himself? Blame Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton might not have been "thinkin' past tomorrow" when he pushed for broad executive privileges.

Harry Truman desegregated the military 69 years ago. Today, Trump banned transgender troops.

Truman wanted to end discrimination in the military "as rapidly as possible."

Here is a timeline of Donald Trump’s relationship with Jeff Sessions

Trump continued his Twitter attacks on Sessions Wednesday — reportedly while the embattled attorney general was in the White House.

How many transgender people serve in the U.S. military?

There's no exact number, but here's what research shows.

Hundreds rally in Times Square to protest Donald Trump’s transgender military ban

“I’m out here to support my trans brothers and sisters who have been serving our military for years and years and years."

Several Republicans are strongly denouncing Trump’s military transgender ban

“Anybody who wants to serve in the military should serve in the military. I don’t agree with the president.”

Worried Trump might pardon himself? Blame Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton might not have been "thinkin' past tomorrow" when he pushed for broad executive privileges.

Harry Truman desegregated the military 69 years ago. Today, Trump banned transgender troops.

Truman wanted to end discrimination in the military "as rapidly as possible."

Here is a timeline of Donald Trump’s relationship with Jeff Sessions

Trump continued his Twitter attacks on Sessions Wednesday — reportedly while the embattled attorney general was in the White House.

How many transgender people serve in the U.S. military?

There's no exact number, but here's what research shows.