Believe it or not, I had not heard about a Lexington, Virginia restaurant kicking out Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family who were there to enjoy a meal when I wrote, a couple of hours ago, in part…
The virtue signaling fad is officially dangerous… since sanctuary cities are applauded for defying law enforcement, and more and more private establishments are basing their service on the political view of potential customers…This will spread, and we will have a completely dysfunctional society if and when it does. It is the natural progression of the divisive strategies and rhetoric employed by “the resistance” and the news media, and is undiluted cultural poison.
Here’s the story: Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the bucolic rural Virginia restaurant, was called at home and told the President’s spokeswoman was dining there with a group. Asked what the staff should do, she somehow couldn’t think of the correct and ethical answer, which is “Give her and her group the same hospitality and excellent service we strive to give all our customers. We don’t discriminate.” Instead, she drove to the establishment and told Sanders to leave. Sanders tweeted,
“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”
For her part, the owner told the Washington Post that she would do it again, because “there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one.”
Sanders is right, and Hutchinson is despicable, un-American, unethical, and wrong.
- Ex-Office of Government Ethics head Walter Shaub, an anti-Trumpist who misses no opportunity to attack the administration, tweeted out his assessment that Sanders violated ethics rules by criticizing a private business using her official account. He’s right. She should have let one of the others in the group tell the tale. Just as she couldn’t make an official assertion that the food at the Red Hen stinks, can’t point out that the owner is a divisive, biased, asshole who should be put out of business.
That doesn’t mean that Sanders wasn’t 100% right.
- This follows on the heels of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen being harassed at a D.C. restaurant by protesters as the owner approved. As I said, this is a nasty and dangerous escalation of anti-Trump aggression by the Left, and it is playing with fire. If anyone can point to a single instance, ever, anywhere, of a conservative restaurant owner refusing to serve a member of the Obama, Clinton or Carter administration, please send me the link. The truth is, there never has been such an incident, because in the United States, we do not wage war against citizens and officials because we disagree with their opinions, positions or policies.
The “resistance” has now crossed that line, and rather than condemning it, a lot of Democrats are rationalizing the indefensible conduct. The nation either punishes this, or it accepts it as a new norm that marks the death knell of civil society.
- Rep. Jackie Speier (D, Cal.) and other member of Congress defended the attack on Neilson. She is a breed of progressive that believes in demonizing and mistreating adversaries, and rationalizing hate.
These are arrogant, hateful, unethical, oppressive and doctrinaire people, and they should be feared.
- The treatment of Sarah Huckabee as symbolic voodoo doll for her boss is also unprecedented, and also indefensible as politics, as humor, or humanity.
The disgusting manner in which Democrats the reporters lined up to defend the personal and cruel attacks on Huckabee at the White Correspondents Association Dinner sanctified the abuse by The Red Hen.
The defense of such disgraceful conduct by liberals is itself shocking. Presumably Rep. Speier and others would be put out if they were denied service due to their political beliefs…
I have been highly critical of Trump and his Administration. However, I find this action to be incredibly offensive and wrongheaded. I would feel that same if Rep. Speier were chased from a restaurant by a conservative owner. Once again, we seem to have lost any sense of restraint and civility in our politics. Extremists on both sides claim license to say and do most anything vis-a-vis their opponents. There is a sense of utter release in these actions — the right to act in the most monstrous or menacing ways because you believe that you are right and they are wrong. You can denounce Trump for petty and childish attacks and then engage in the very same conduct in response. And so it continues on and on and on. It is the impunity of action that comes with being right.
I would not go to the Red Hen any more than I would go to a restaurant that refused to serve Rep. Speier. It is simple matter of courtesy and civility.
Turley is engaging in a bit of false equivalence here. There are no reports of prominent Democrats being refused service. This is a one-sided escalation in partisan hate tactics, and the professor should have the integrity to say so.
Finally, let again make a pitch for the duty to confront here. Those who sat by and allowed Sanders and Neilson to be treated this way are complicit, just as they would be if they tolerated an act of bigotry against a black diner or a gay couple. Don’t let people abuse others in your presence—and this was abuse. Speak up. Provide support.
Stand up for decency.