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Monday, June 25, 2018

Sarah Sanders/Red Hen

In the news there's much about WH spokesperson Sarah Sanders having been asked to leave a restaurant because she works for Trump. Sanders wrote in a tweet about the event that she herself always treats people with respect .... that is a lie that would be apparent to anyone who watches the WH press briefings in which she routinely insults reporters and many others. But anyway, Trump and his supporters are loving this opportunity to express outrage, and even many liberals think it was a mistake for the owner of the Red Hen to ask Sanders to leave.

What comes to my mind first is the hypocrisy of Trump and his supporters. These are the same people who have championed a business owner's right to refuse service to certain customers. Think of the Supreme Court case of the wedding cake baker and the LGBT couple, and when Pence was governor of Indiana he signed a bill allowing businesses to refuse to serve gay people ... or recall the Republican state senator, Phil Jensen, who believes that businesses should be able to refuse to serve customers based on their race.

So why not allow discrimination based on politics too? Well, I think it would be better to just not discriminate at all. I understand the desire to hold Sanders accountable for her lies and nasty demeanor in the WH press briefings and also for her defense of Trump and his awful policies, but I don't think harassment will change anything for the better.


Blogger Katherine Nielsen said...

I agree with you that this kind of harassment isn't going to accomplish anything. And while everyone is paying attention to this incident, the House Republicans are working to throw a lot of people off SNAP assistance. But that doesn't get much notice.

1:15 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yeah, this is kind of playing into Republican goals.

7:52 PM  

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