A Tennessee restaurant owner is suing the Biden administration, claiming that white males have been “pushed to the back of the line” for pandemic aid from a multi-billion dollar restaurant stimulus fund.
Antonio Vitolo, who owns Jake’s Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tennessee, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Tennessee after he applied for a grant from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a $28.6 billion pandemic fund targeted at the hard-hit restaurant industry.
The aid program was approved in March as part of Democrats’ $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill and began accepting applications from restaurants around the country on May 3, the day Vitolo submitted his application.
“I do not want special treatment. I just want to be treated equally under the law. I am opposed to race and sex discrimination, and I would hope my government lived up to the same principle,” Vitolo said, according to a press release from conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, which filed the lawsuit on his behalf.