Last week, the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was confronted by the Red Hen restaurant owner in Lexington, VA. She was asked to leave due to her association with the current president Donald Trump.
This became known when Sarah Sanders tweeted “Last night I was old 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.” Sanders and her husband went back to their hotel and ordered room service instead.
It turns out there was another member of the Trump administration who was asked to leave the restaurant in the same week. This USA Today article also indicates that administration members have been heckled and harassed in public, particularly in light of Trump’s recent reversal of the “end family separation” policy.
There was a significant outrage against the Red Hen as their Facebook page and voicemail box became full of upset and disappointed messages. Additionally, Yelp (an app used for restaurant reviews) was a platform for continued verbal brawls about this situation. This outrage extended beyond just the Lexington, VA location. There is a Red Hen in Old Saybrook, CT, and this restaurant also received phone threats from angry callers who thought it was the same restaurant.
Personally, I do not think Sanders and her family should have been kicked out of the Red Hen as they have the freedom and right to be civil in any public place. Just because a customer is associated with an organization, political party, or set of beliefs that differ from that of the management does not equate to refusing them service. In my opinion, the vitriolic attacks on both sides must be stopped. As seen through the ugly calls, voicemails, posts, and comments (even escalating to death threats), some democrats and republicans both engage in this type of inappropriate and uncalled for behavior when faced with alternative opinions. This situation, as a whole, was negative and unfortunate.
What do you think? Should have Red Hen managers kicked out Sanders for working for the President? What is your opinion of the heat all Red Hen restaurants faced after this event?
Link (for article): https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/23/trump-spokeswoman-sarah-sanders-virginia-restaurant/727972002/
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