A PoPville post that went up yesterday about Casey Patten of Taylor Gourmet (1116 H St., currently closed for renovations) meeting and shaking hands with President Trump has many readers up in arms. The first comment is from a little before 1 p.m. and predicts a backlash against the local sandwich chain. The next 150 or so comments appear to support that prediction, with many the authors of many comments pledging to spend their money elsewhere.
Patten explained in a tweet last night the circumstances under which he met with Trump. He writes that he "was invited by the White House to participate in a discussion of surrounding issues facing small businesses," and emphasizes that he also did so "in similar meetings with President Obama and his staff." Following the discussion Trump signed an Executive Order intended to reduce government regulations, partly with the idea that such a move will reduced the burden on businesses large and small.
Patten is visible in the first six seconds of a video from the event posted on Time Magazine's website, and I believe that's him immediately to the right of the President in this group photo Trump tweeted later in the afternoon. Barack Obama and Joe Biden have more than once appeared in connection with Taylor Gourmet, and the chain recently tweeted past photos of them the visiting sandwich shop.
The Washington Post picked up the story of social media outcry over the handshake in a story posted later yesterday afternoon. D.C. is certainly a place that takes it politics very seriously, and this is not the first time Taylor has found itself taking some flack over apparent associations with a national political figure. This Roll Call article from 2013 mentions that a retweet about some Marco Rubio staffers enjoying lunch ruffled a feather or two.