A restaurant owner’s brave refusal to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the rude and constantly lying White House press secretary is growing into more than a mere partisan food fight, showing a deepening divide in the American people.
The action the Virginia restaurant took that day sparked plenty of recriminations and debate over where to draw the line between individual disagreement and harassment and demonstrated how the era of Trump is remolding societal norms due to the extreme political polarization of today.
Stephanie Wilkinson, co-owner of Red Hen, said she asked Sanders to exit after discussing with her employees and because the spokeswoman embraces the policies of Trump’s administration.
Some who criticize Trump and agree with Sanders getting kicked out say civility died in 2015 after Trump went down a golden escalator in Trump Tower and declared his bid for the White House.
Ellen Tauscher, an ex-Representative from California, who served as a surrogate to the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, supported the Red Hen owner.
Tauscher made the suggestion that Sanders is getting what she deserves.
She said Sanders “stands at the podium and mocks and is snide. She sounds so uncivil and disrespectful and flip to people in the media. And it’s the old saying, ‘She can dish it out but can’t take it.’”
Tauscher added that everything comes back to Donald Trump, at the end of the day.
“This is a problem when you have someone like the president who attacks people on Twitter and breaks all norms of civil society and is a proud authoritarian,” she said. “People are frustrated, they’re frightened, they’re mortified. I think people are tired of it and they’re not going to be complicit.”