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College Republicans Threatened To Sue A Bar That Didn’t Want To Host Their #Beers4Brett Pro-Kavanaugh Event

The University of Washington College Republicans group threatened to sue Shultzy’s Bar and Grill in Seattle Saturday after the bar tried to deny the group the ability to host an event celebrating Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. 

The bar backed down after Freedom X, an organization that aims to protect conservative and religious freedom of expression, stepped in and helped the UW College Republicans by providing legal counsel. 

“We’re happy this is all over. We wanted to grab a beer – you know, kind of a little joke. We all know Brett Kavanaugh likes a beer,” Chevy Swanson, the UW College Republicans president, told Kiro7.

According to Seattle statute, political ideology is a protected class, meaning no one can be discriminated against based on their political beliefs. In most other cities, businesses are able to deny service based on political beliefs. 



Our Treasurer had his first beer today in honor of Brett Kavanaugh! #Beers4Brett

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“The First Amendment does not apply to private action. This would be a purely private bar exercising their own judgment on who they want to serve on the basis of political ideology, and they could do that under national law,” constitutional law expert, Jeffery Needle, told Kiro7.

Around 15 UW College Republicans attended the “Beers 4 Brett” event. 

Xandie Kuenning is the Career Editor at Her Campus and a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor's in International Affairs and minors in Journalism and Psychology. She is an avid traveler with a goal to join the Travelers' Century Club. When not gallivanting around the world, she can be found reading about fairytales or Eurasian politics, baking up a storm, or watching dangerous amounts of Netflix. Follow her on Instagram @AKing1917 and on Twitter @XKuenning.