In remarks at the podium on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the harassment visited upon her and other Trump administration officials over the past couple of weeks, much of it stemming from the media’s outrageous coverage of the immigration situation at the border. Sanders, who was ejected from a D.C.-area restaurant called the Red Hen for being a prominent figure in the administration, said “calls for harassment and pushes for any Trump supporter to avoid the public is unacceptable.”
“We are allowed to disagree, but we should be able to do so freely and without fear of harm, and this goes for all people, regardless of politics,” Sanders said.
She condemned the recent comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters, who called on Democrats to harass Trump officials wherever they see them and tweets by actor Peter Fonda, who suggested that Barron Trump should be “ripped from his mother” and caged up with pedophiles.
“Healthy debate on ideas and political philosophy is important,” Sanders continued. “But the calls for harassment and push for any Trump supporter to avoid the public is unacceptable. America is a great country and our ability to find solutions despite those disagreements is what makes us unique.”
President Trump, too, spoke out against the harassment in a tweet on Monday.
“Congresswomen Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party,” Trump declared. “She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!”
We’re certainly not going to cry any tears for Pelosi, but in a way it’s unfair to throw her in the same basket with Waters. At least she and Chuck Schumer had the basic humanity to condemn Maxine’s whacko stance in separate statements. Schumer went as far as to say that Waters’ remarks were “not American.” It’s not often we come across an opportunity to agree with Chuck Friggin’ Schumer, but that gives you a sense of just how far off the rails Crazy Maxine really is.
What’s remarkable, though, is how few in the Democratic Party and the media agree that Waters and the owner of the Red Hen went too far. Quite the contrary, we’ve seen many a pundit argue that this is EXACTLY how Americans should respond to the Trump administration. The same people who think it’s a travesty of untold proportions for a Christian baker to refuse to be a part of a gay wedding think it’s just fine for Trump administration officials to be shunned from public society. One wonders how they would react if conservative-owned restaurants stopped serving reporters from CNN.
To condemn Waters and these protesters is a no-brainer. But then, maybe that’s why so few in the media seem willing to do it.