June 25, 2018

Trump’s Intemperance Should Worry Those Who Support His Policies

Simply put, he overplays his hand.

Though he is gaining support and is for the most part implementing successful, common-sense policies, the President has often lost golden opportunities to gain more support and political capital with his intemperance.

He just did it again today (“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!”).

Sarah Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, specifically and only because she works in the Trump administration. She was, as I noted on Saturday based on the Washington Post’s reporting, told that she should leave (cough, cough, was “asked to leave”) but that everyone else could stay (as if that was going to happen).

We’re now learning that Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson then organized a protest at a restaurant across the street when the Sanders party went there after leaving the Red Hen:

It wasn’t enough for restaurateur of The Red Hen, Stephanie Wilkinson to humiliate and kick Sarah Sanders and her family out of the establishment.

Governor Mike Huckabee told Laura Ingraham on her radio show Monday, Stephanie Wilkinson followed Sarah Sanders and her family across the street to harass them at the other restaurant they went to!

According to Mike Huckabee, Sarah Sanders and her husband were not present during the protest; only her in-laws, who are liberals, were present.

Laura Ingraham tweeted: This restaurateur of The Red Hen Stephanie Wilkinson not only told @PressSec Sanders to leave–acc to @GovMikeHuckabee on my radio show today, she FOLLOWED Sanders’ family across the street to harass them at the other restaurant they went to!

Ingraham also tweeted that “@GovMikeHuckabee told me last hour that after asking @PressSec to leave the Red Hen, owner Stephanie Wilkinson organized a protest at the restaurant her family was dining at across the street.”

There may be a back story here, in that Wilkinson’s staff may have participated in the protest, which could mean that other customers left the Red Hen after learning that Sanders had been asked to leave.

Or Wilkinson may have been enraged that the other members of Sanders’ party chose to leave after she was “asked” to leave (how she expected the others to stay put is a mystery, but she must have, otherwise she wouldn’t have told the others they could stay if they wanted to).

Or both.

A simple tweet from the President supporting Sanders’ reasonable expectation to be served a meal with other family members at a restaurant on her off-hours would have kept virtue unequivocally on his side.

But instead, Trump took potshots at the Red Hen’s decor and cleanliness, which will surely alienate many people who might otherwise have been persuadable.

As I noted, Trump, even if (actually, especially if) he knew about Wilkinson’s subsequent unhinged decision to stalk the Sanders party, blew a golden opportunity. Even his fans have to acknowledge this.

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UPDATE: In case this detail got lost — Further supporting the idea that Trump blew an opportunity, note that the Sanders party against whom Stephanie Wilkinson and others demonstrated outside the other restaurant did not include Sarah Sanders and her husband, who had left:

“Sarah and her husband just went home,” he (Mike Huckabee) said (to Laura Ingraham). “They had sort of had enough.”

But the rest of her family went across the street to another restaurant, he explained, and that’s when things got even more absurd.

“The owner of the Red Hen —because nobody’s told this — then followed them across the street, called people and organized a protest, yelling and screaming at them from outside the restaurant and creating this scene,” said Huckabee. One of Sanders’ in-laws, whom he described as “very liberal,” walked out and said, “Look, I don’t like Trump, I’m not a supporter, I’m a far — considered liberal — but you guys are embarrassing me and you’re not helping the cause.”

Nevertheless, the mob yelled and screamed even though Sanders was no longer there because, apparently, having even a tangential relationship to the Trump administration means you’re not fit to be out and about in polite society and you’re no longer to be afforded public accommodations.

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