This is the Finest Nerd Czarina, and I hate the news. Today, the current Press Secretary’s immature reaction to being asked to leave a restaurant is grinding my gears.
Last night, a Red Hen staff person posted on their Facebook (screencaps here) about how they were serving Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for all of 2 minutes before the owner of the restaurant asked Huckabee and Friends to leave. Later, Sanders posted the following update on Twitter:
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
According to the staff, Huckabee walked into the tiny, independent restaurant, which prompted the chef to phone the owner, Stephanie Wilkinson. Wilkinson was at home yesterday evening but drove to the restaurant to handle the situation herself. Her staff was uncomfortable, given the fact that Huckabee has defended pretty much every questionable decision Naranjito as made, and she pulled Huckabee outside to let her know that it was time to peace out. And peace out she did. The next day, Huckabee decided to let everyone know on social media.
Was it a good idea to ask a party of 8 to leave a restaurant because you personally disagree with their political decisions? Maybe. Probably not. But in a world where it has become legally acceptable for private businesses to discriminate against people by refusing service, I think it’s fair. It’s not as cute when you’re on the other side of the fence, is it, Sarah? Think about this experience the next time a couple is refused a wedding cake because they’re gay.
The drama doesn’t end there, of course, because despite her pretense of being “respectful,” what Huckabee was really doing by running to social media was asking her supporters to do the dirty work for her. Of course, she isn’t going to retaliate against this business, but she sure as hell is going to call them out specifically so that her irrational fanbase would go wild both on the internet and likely in person. All the while, her hands are clean. That doesn’t seem respectful to me, Sarah. In the event that the sheep do end up ruining the reputation of Red Hen enough so that it has to close, that means that there will be many people who are left without work. That’s not respectful, either.
What would have been respectful would have been to keep your personal life out of politics, or, if you really felt the need to mention the incident, making it anonymous. How much easier would it have been to come off as the hero if you’d said, “Last night, I was asked to leave a local business due to the owner disagreeing with my politics. Insert some bullshit about how I’m all for the American people, and that I respect everyone and their differences.” Your fans would eat it up, and you wouldn’t come off as petty to people who don’t like you.
Respectfully, fuck off. Go eat at a Chik-Fil-A.