On Thursday, the owner of a Mexican restaurant in New Jersey posted a Facebook post that included a photo of Trump, the GOP presidential candidate, and his wife holding a banner reading, “I will not back down.”
In response, New Jersey restaurant critic David Fink responded by posting a photo and caption of the banner along with an apology to Trump and the restaurant.
“In light of recent events, I would like to apologize for my choice of words and my offensive post,” Fink wrote in the post.
“It was never my intention to offend anyone.
My intention was to have a conversation with people about their political views and beliefs.
This was not an endorsement or endorsement of the Trump campaign.
It was simply an attempt to connect with people who may be considering making a similar post to the one I shared.”
Fink did not mention Trump by name in the original post, but in a later post, he said he had posted the photo because he felt that Trump “would make a good president.”
He went on to explain that Trump has made comments that have “offended” people in the past, and that he did not think the photos in question would be “a problem” for a Mexican American family in New York City.
“I apologize if my words offended anyone.
I did not intend to offend anybody.
I will continue to be open to hearing people’s viewpoints,” FINK wrote.
He later wrote that he “apologizes to everyone who has felt offended by the content of this post and will not be sharing it again.”
Finks post did not get as much attention as the others he posted.
The New York Times noted the photo in its “best-of” list of the top 10 memes of 2016.
Trump and his campaign did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
The restaurant’s owner, who did not respond to our request for an interview, said he was disappointed by the backlash to the photo.
“There was an outpouring of hate, hatred, and bigotry from a small minority, which I am so sorry for,” Carlos Martinez told the Times.
“That is not what we are supposed to be doing.
We are supposed for our business to be welcoming and welcoming to everyone, and we were just not doing that.
It hurts me so bad.
It’s sad to see people that are so out of touch with reality that are able to think that they can change someone’s mind and change what they say.”
Martinez told ABC News he had asked the restaurant to take down the photo, but that he was not the owner and that the business was not endorsing Trump.
He also told the newspaper that the Trump family had asked him to remove the photo “and apologize to everyone.”
The photo had received more than 2,300 comments and had garnered over 8,000 likes on Facebook.
Fink told ABC that the photos posted by the restaurant are not intended to insult anyone.
“To those people who are offended, I apologize for that,” Finks Facebook post said.
“You’re making a bigoted comment.
That is not my intention.
I was trying to be humorous, and people were offended.”
He also said that the restaurant was not a Trump supporter and that it is not his first rodeo.
“We have worked with a lot of Republican politicians in New Hampshire, and he is a very well-respected Republican politician in New England,” he told ABC.
“But I have never met or worked with him, nor would I ever want to meet him, and I don’t believe that the views of a person is relevant to the position that I hold.
The views that I share are not my views.
I am a Democrat and I have voted for Democrats for over 20 years.
I’m not a Donald Trump supporter.”
Martinez, a former political organizer, has worked in New Brunswick, New Hampshire and Vermont for more than 20 years, he told the New Brunswick Record.
He said he has never met Trump and has never worked with anyone affiliated with his campaign.
Finks said he hopes the backlash against the photo will force other businesses in the state to take a stand against Trump.
“As far as New Jersey, I hope other businesses will stand up for the people that have the power and the opportunity to have their voices heard,” Finky told ABC’s The World.