Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied service at a Virginia restaurant after the owner asked her to leave, citing “morals” as the reason she would not serve a member of the Trump Administration.
Sanders took to Twitter after the incident saying, “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.”
The mainstream media’s gut reaction was not to question the restaurant’s conduct, but rather to questions Sanders’. This all started thanks to ex-Obama ethics chief Walter Shaub who tweeted the following:
“Sarah, I know you don’t care even a tiny little bit about the ethics rules, but using your official account for this is a clear violation of 5 CFR 2635.702(a). It’s the same as if an ATF agent pulled out his badge when a restaurant tried to throw him/her out.”
The statute Shaub is citing reads, “An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office in a manner that is intended to coerce or induce another person, including a subordinate, to provide any benefit, financial or otherwise, to himself or to friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.”
There is no clear indication that Sanders wants to coerce the public to against the restaurant. Instead, it is more likely the Red Hen will benefit from Sanders’ tweet.
No legal action is necessary. And as far as the reports go, none has been taken.
The restaurant owner refused service to an individual based on her political affiliation. It’s not a form of protest. It’s pure dogmatism.
“The increasing personal nastiness toward people who work for President Trump reflects the left’s understanding that they are losing,” Newt Gingrich said in a tweet. “Nastiness reflects desperation, not strength. They can’t win the argument so they use nastiness. Sad and dangerous.”
Meanwhile, President Trump expressed his disgust with the Red Hen for “refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders” on Monday morning on Twitter, writing, “If a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”
The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!