Vietnamese Restaurant Gets Hate Mail & Death Threats After Attending Trump Rally
January 10, 2021
Tank Noodle, a Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago, is being flooded by hate mail and death threats after its owners attended the “Save America” rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, January 6. Owners Thu and Thuc Ly, and their son and the general manager of the restaurant, Thien Ly, all attended the rally by plane. They returned to Chicago Thursday, according to TODAY Food.
Hundreds of people shared screenshots on multiple social media platforms of Thu Ly’s post from the rally, which was originally shared on Facebook by Thien’s sister, Gwen Ly.
33-year-old Thien Ly, verified the screenshots to TODAY Food, and explained he traveled to Washington, D.C. with his parents, his mother-in-law, and a family friend for the rally. Thien Ly stated the group was unaware of the violence occurring at the Capitol during the time they were at the rally at the White House.
“We’re not violent people and it’s horrifying to see what happened at the Capitol,” he told TODAY. “It’s a sad day for the country. We’re in disbelief about what’s going on right now.”
“I’m being labeled a terrorist for attending the rally,” he said. “We’re getting death threats called into the restaurant, people threatening my employees, people saying they’re gonna burn down our restaurant,” continued Thien.
Thien’s sister opened the restaurant on Friday morning and found a shotgun shell casing sitting in front of the store.
Thien Ly has since deactivated his Facebook profile and the Facebook page of Tank Noodle because he was receiving so many death threats.
“Coming back from this experience, I don’t know anymore,” he said. “We’re immigrants, my parents are immigrants. They fled persecution of this type coming from Vietnam because if you have a different belief, that’s not allowed. We love this country, they came here with nothing and they were able to build their own business and put myself through college and have some kind of normalcy.”
You don’t support Trump, you get your restaurant burned down by Black Lives Matter, like the hundreds of Asian restaurants during the riots early last year. You support Trump, you get death threats and labeled a “white supremacist.” Great options, right?
The staff is concerned about carrying the restaurant through the pandemic, he said.
“We had a great following, which now is probably going to get worse for us,” Thien Ly explained. “We’ve been making it through just enough to keep our employees employed and pay our bills and stay afloat.”
People have also flooded the Tank Noodle Yelp page with 1-star reviews, causing Yelp to issue an alert on their page, warning people were posting “their views on the news rather than actual consumer experiences with the business.”
“I do not want to spend my money at a place that is run by people who support white supremacist insurrectionists,” one of the new reviews, posted Jan. 6, reads. “AVOID this place since the owners are coming back from the super spreader event.”