Shortly after waking up on Monday, Trump added to the media outrage story du jour (or du weekend), tweeting that the restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is "dirty" and "needs a paint job", assuring that the half-life of this particular dumpster fire is extended indefinitely.
“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!"
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Trump sided with his Press Secretary after Sanders confirmed on Saturday that the owner of a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia asked her to leave while she dined out with a group of people.
"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," Sanders tweeted on Saturday adding that "I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so."
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— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
The owner of the restaurant, Stephanie Wilkinson, told The Washington Post that she asked Sanders directly to leave the establishment: “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation."
Wilkinson said Sanders quickly agreed to leave.
The incident took place shortly after protesters confronted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Washington, D.C. restaurant over the administration’s immigration policy. A heckler also targeted White House senior adviser Stephen Miller in a separate incident at a Washington, D.C. restaurant last week, according to the New York Post.
Sparking concerns that such isolated incidents would continue, and potentially lead to violence, on Sunday Maxine Waterscalled for Democrats to form a mob and physically confront members of Donald Trump's administration if they see them out in public after controversy over separated migrant families erupted two weeks ago.
Waters said to a crowd at a "Keep Families Together" rally on Saturday: "If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere."
Understandably, this has conservatives worried.
Barely a year ago a Bernie campaign volunteer opened fire on a baseball field full of Republican members of Congress https://t.co/QYECgBgwKb— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 24, 2018
This is absolutely insane - and extremely dangerous. My father in law works in the administration, does this mean when we go out to dinner we should be ambushed?!? Don’t ever again give me any of the “when they go low, we go high” lip service. https://t.co/UF1feYT0Pm— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 24, 2018
It's discrimination & a HATE CRIME! The Democrats continue their "war on women!" At least five women, who are working for President Trump ,have been verbally and physically attacked and harassed by the left. This has to stop or we may see another "Scalise" type incident!!!— Proud Mary (@freedomschild77) June 24, 2018
Seeing Trump-linked people get drummed out of restaurants and movie screenings reminds me of what may have been the most brilliant of Charles Krauthammer's famously self-evident observations:— David Martosko (@dmartosko) June 24, 2018
"Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil."
And judging by some social media reactions, the public response to this kind of incitement could get ugly fast.
I’m a fan of the 2nd amendment. https://t.co/0BfTCaRvBh— Andy Swan (@AndySwan) June 24, 2018