Sarah Sanders Booted From Restaurant 🥪

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

“I’d like to ask you to leave”

On Friday, the owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA asked WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to leave the establishment. The restaurant owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, stated that her staff is made up of mostly migrants and LGBT workers who raised moral concerns about serving Sanders.
Private actions against public citizens

Sanders is the latest in a running list of public officials to have private actions taken against them. Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was booed at a Mexican restaurant last week.

The right defends Sanders and vilifies the restaurant owner and her staff. One outlet claims that the overly politically-correct owner and staff were looking for their 15 minutes of fame by being the latest in a long line of Trump-bashers. Others suggested that the liberal view of tolerance was recycled for hate in the actions of the owner and staff. Some outlets reminded us that Sanders has been at the receiving end of many personal attacks since she became Press Secretary.

The left presents a mixed take on the incident. Certain strongly left-leaning opinions go as far as to claim that Sanders' tweet of the incident from her official Press Secretary account violated the law against “using public office for private gain”. Others on the left were more moderate, asserting that the tone set by the restaurant owner was “horrible,” but also attributing it to President Trump’s rhetoric and normalization of increased partisanship.

A more divided union

One thing is clear: the US has become increasingly polarized. Pew Research says polarization began increasing in the 1970s when parties sorted themselves both ideologically and geographically, leading to a decline in moderates. Meanwhile, personal attacks on public servants have increased. Ari Fleischer, who was press secretary for President George W. Bush, tweeted: “I guess we’re heading into an America with Democrat-only restaurants, which will lead to Republican-only [we] really want to be that kind of country?”

I don't think we do, Ari

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