By Jonathon Van Maren
June 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – On Friday night, Trump Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was apparently kicked out of a Virginia restaurant because she works for Donald Trump.
“Last night,” she tweeted on Saturday, “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.”
As the Twittersphere exploded, National Review columnist David French’s response captured the situation succinctly: “Red Hen has a right to refuse service. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a right to complain. Potential customers have a right to make their own decisions. I have a right to try to persuade people to stop politicizing everything. Freedom is easy to figure out—hard to execute.”
French is precisely right. Huckabee-Sanders (I met her once at a little conservative event a few months before she added the Sanders to her name) did what she should have done: She got up and left, rather than either making a scene or immediately becoming litigious like a gay activist in a cakeshop. The owner of the Red Hen can now feel as if he is a card-carrying member of The Resistance, and Huckabee-Sanders can let her followers know to avoid the restaurant as she heads over to Chick-Fil-A.
In contrast to the reaction of Huckabee-Sanders and David French, there is Democratic Congresswomen Maxine Waters, a hardline Planned Parenthood supporter who has dedicated her career to the promotion of abortion and nearly every other so-called “progressive” cause. Waters was enthused about the Red Hen incident, and predicted on TV that soon, Trump officials would not be able to shop at a restaurant, tank up at a gas station, or eat in any restaurant—because “the people are going to turn on them,” a rather worrisome turn of phrase.