Independent Senator and former Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to the defense of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders after she was kicked out of a restaurant.
On Friday evening, a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia refused to serve the Trump administration official due to her affiliation with the president. During an interview, Bernie Sanders said the political discrimination should have never happened and that she should “have the right to go into a restaurant and have dinner.”
Per the Hill:
The Vermont senator made the comments while speaking on MSNBC about the recent uptick in public confrontations Trump Cabinet officials have faced. On Friday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a small Virginia restaurant because of her role in the administration.
But he said that anger needs to be taken out in a “constructive way” and that people should not be kicked out of restaurants over political differences.
“Look, as I’ve said before, yeah, I think people have the right to go into a restaurant and have dinner,” he said.
Sanders also commented on the recent confrontation between a group of protestors and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
“I’m not a great fan of shouting down people or being rude to people,” Bernie Sanders said, per the Hill. “People have a right to be angry when Congress gives tax breaks to billionaires and then wants to cut nutrition programs for low-income pregnant women.”
Sarah Sanders left the incident at the restaurant saying she would continue treating people with respect, including those she disagreed with.
“Her actions say far more about her than about me,” the press secretary said, as the Wall Street Journal reports. “I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so. We are allowed to disagree, but we should be able to do so freely and without fear of harm.”
The restaurant snubbing Sarah Sanders sparked Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters to call for more protests and confrontations with Trump administration officials.
Democrats have seen their members torn on the issue.
Democrat Senator Corey Booker said “there’s nothing wrong” with confronting members of the Trump administration, though clarifying that individuals “do so with love.”
Democrat Congressman Keith Ellison disagreed with confronting officials and said they should not be accosted in public.
As CNBC reports, House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi rebuked the idea:
The House Democratic leader’s censure of her colleague highlights the difficult choices Democratic leaders face as they try to leverage energized opposition to the Trump administration and take a House majority in November’s midterm elections. Pelosi has also refused to back efforts by Waters and others to impeach President Donald Trump, calling the push “divisive.”
In a tweeted statement Monday referencing Waters’ comments, Pelosi said that “Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable.” She added: “As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea.”
In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again. Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea. https://t.co/vlpqOBLK4R
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 25, 2018