CNN Panel Goes Off on Sarah Sanders Restaurant Flap: ‘Hard to Have Lectures on Civility’ From Trump Admin


Press Secretary Sarah Sanders suggested she was disrespected after being spurned from dining at a Lexington, VA restaurant Friday, a CNN panel wasn’t feeling sorry for her.

“It’s hard to have lectures on civility from the Trump administration,” Center for American Process President Neera Tanden told host Jake Tapper on his Sunday morning program, adding that President Donald Trump built his own platform on demeaning minorities.

“He started his campaign calling Mexicans rapists. He yesterday is attacking Democrats. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ father is tweeting attacks,” Tanden said, referring to an image tweeted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Saturday of what looks to be MS-13, captioned with “Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the House.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) joined Tanden in denouncing the tweet, also noting that Sanders should have never used her account to call out the restaurant from which she was rejected.

“It’s disgusting really when you look at this mentality and how he tweeted that picture,” Lee said. “And also just with regard to Sarah, she used her government account for taking on this private restaurant, a private business. I personally think she should be referred to the Office of Government Ethics.”

Carlos Gutierrez, former secretary of commerce under the George W. Bush administration, echoed the lack of sympathy for Sanders, expressing concern for the treatment of minorities in the Trump era.

“I’m sorry that Sarah Huckabee Sanders had a bad day,” he said. “I’m not worried about Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I’m worried about the African-American kid in school who gets harassed by kids who think they have a license to harass because the president said so. I’m worried about the Hispanic kid, the Hispanic-American citizen who is harassed at school and called a member of MS-13 because the president calls immigrants from Hispanic countries members of MS-13. I’m not worried about Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I’m worried about millions of kids that today are seeing a different America.”

However, former Trump campaign strategist David Urban was a little upset.

“I think it’s sad,” he remarked. “You can have civil discourse in America, disagree. America should be a marketplace of ideas. We want to have a civil discourse and debate and be able to do that. You shouldn’t be asked to leave a restaurant.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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