Donald Trump has tweeted his support for the owners of a Mexican restaurant in Arizona after they were blasted on social media for attending his recent rally in Phoenix and for wearing a Latinos Love Trump hat.
Betty Rivas, who is from Sonora, Mexico, was branded a sell-out in a Facebook group post that circled her face at the event on February 19 and identified her Tucson business Sammy's Mexican Grill.
Rivas and her El Salvadorian husband Jorge – who was also in the VIP section at the rally – addressed their treatment in a video Wednesday saying: 'We have the right to support the president and no one can intimidate us.'
On Sunday, POTUS promoted their business to his 73.2 million Twitter followers and tagged Fox News' morning show, writing: 'The food is GREAT at Sammy's Mexican Grill in Phoenix, Arizona. Congratulations to Betty & Jorge Rivas on doing such a wonderful job. I will try hard to stop by the next time I am in Phoenix. Support Sammy's! @foxandfriends.'
Donald Trump tweeted Sunday: 'Congratulations to Betty & Jorge Rivas on doing such a wonderful job. I will try hard to stop by the next time I am in Phoenix. Support Sammy's!'
Betty Rivas, who is from Sonora, Mexico, was branded a sell-out in a Facebook group post that circled her face at the event on February 19
Comments online show people questioning how they could support Trump after he put kids in cages while others back the couple and their business, at the same time claiming Barack Obama did it first.
After their recent rally appearance, the naturalized American citizens began to receive phone calls with criticism, the Mr and Mrs Rivas claim.
'Just because we are Latinos, it doesn't mean that we have to feel like every other Latino in this country,' they said in the video shared online Wednesday. 'We are individuals and we feel that we have the constitutional right to meet and support whoever we want.'
'There have been calls as well threatening us and giving us a hard time because we support the president,' Jorge told Fox & Friends Sunday.