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Owners of Sammy's Mexican Grill in Catalina receive backlash after attending Trump rally in Phoenix

Posted at 11:31 AM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 19:38:36-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — The owners of Sammy's Mexican Grill in Catalina are defending themselves after receiving negative social media comments, bad reviews and phone calls for attending the Trump rally in Phoenix last month.

After being seen sitting directly behind President Donald Trump at the campaign rally in Phoenix, Betty and Jorge Rivas made a video fending off the backlash they have been receiving since the rally.

In the video posted on Facebook, in part, Betty and Jorge Rivas said "As naturalized United State citizens we have the right to support President Trump or to support any other candidate that loves this country. Just because we are Latinos it does not mean we have to think like everyone Latino in this country we are individuals and we feel that we have the constitutional right to meet, to support whoever we want."

They say the same thing that happened back in 2016 is happening again.

In the video, they say people who are writing bad reviews are 'wasting their time', and they want everyone to 'stop harrassing' them.

On Sunday, President Trump tweeted supporting Sammy's restaurant. He also added Betty and Jorge Rivas are doing a wonderful job.

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 J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2020