A group called MA 4 Trump was supposed to hold a get-together for supporters at JW's in Winthrop, but the restaurant canceled the meeting yesterday.
In a Facebook post, the restaurant wrote:
It has been brought to our attention that the event scheduled for tomorrow evening, which we have canceled, has caused divisiveness within our community.
We had no knowledge of what the event organizers intentions were other than being a fundraiser.
It was never our intention to be embroiled in any controversy, and for that we are regretful.
The restaurant then added:
JW's is a community restaurant, a Winthrop restaurant. We are a tightly knit group of individuals from all nationalities, religions and personal prefrences.The event was not booked nor cancelled with malice. The negative feed back , phone calls and in person complaints on BOTH sides of this political event has caused us with careful consideration to remove ourselves.
One of the group's organizers is Dianna Ploss, who last year served as press secretary to anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively and who organized a talk in Newton titled The U.S. Constitution and Sharia. Can they co-exist? She did that in her role as leader of the Boston chapter of the anti-Muslim Act for America.
On her own Facebook page, Ploss this morning accused "the Marxists" of getting the event canceled, but said a new event would be held at the same time nearby.
Back on JW's page, a Trump supporter accused the restaurant's owner of being "a coward" for canceling the event in a back room with less than 24 hours notice and refusing to return her phone calls. JW's replied:
The advertising of this event by the organization was not true to what was discussed with us at JW's. We hold ourselves accountable for any last minute cancelations but as previously stated the uproar this has caused with in the community and at the restaurant has swayed us to no longer allow the event to be held here.