With conservatives still furious over the treatment of President Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at the Red Hen in Virginia, another scandal is underway in Michigan.
Lena Epstein, one of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination for US Congress in the 11th District, was recently targeted by her country club because of her support for President Trump.
Despite letting one of her Democrat opponents who is not even a member of the club hold an event earlier this month, Epstein’s fundraiser was canceled.
Epstein, a small business owner in Metro Detroit, was a co-chair for President Trump’s campaign in Michigan.
She hopes to replace Rep. David Trott, who announced his retirement last fall.
According to the Detroit News:
“Republican congressional candidate Lena Epstein says the decision by her country club to cancel her political fundraiser in Oakland County has fueled support for her campaign for the U.S. House.
She said the fundraiser — instead held Wednesday night at an Italian restaurant in Bloomfield Hills — brought out twice as many as the maximum 50 people she was allowed at Franklin Hills Country Club before the board of directors canceled her event. She wouldn’t say exactly how many attended.
“The outpouring of support has been humbling, to say the least,” she said Thursday.
The controversy over Epstein’s event comes amid a growing national debate over civility in political discourse after protesters publicly confronted prominent conservatives affiliated with President Donald Trump in recent days, including top members of his staff and cabinet.
Epstein, who strongly supports Trump, got a call Friday informing her that the country club board had voted to cancel her fundraiser because of her political views, she said.
“It’s discrimination. Let’s call it what it is,” Epstein said. “I’m a longstanding member. My family were longstanding members of the community. We’ve never experienced anything like this.”