Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings Says Red Hen Owner Should Have Served Sarah Sanders
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is weighing in on the Red Hen controversy.
On Saturday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders sent out a tweet saying a Lexington, Virginia restaurant asked her to leave because she worked for Trump.
“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 wrote. “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
Red Hen’s owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, reacted to Sanders’ tweet and the subsequent firestorm by saying that she would do it again.
“Absolutely, yes, I would have done the same thing again,” Wilkinson told The Washington Post. “We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one.”
Yet, according to Cummings, the Red Hen owner did not do the right thing when she asked Sanders to leave because of her politics.
“First of all, I think, as far as the restaurant incident, I think the restaurant owner should have served her. I really do,” Cummings said on Face the Nation on Sunday.
He then noted that much of the blame for the lack of civility in the current political climate lies with President Donald Trump.
“I think President Trump has created this. Since he’s become president, even before, he’s basically given people license to state things that are ugly and those things then turn into actions, as we can now see,” Cummings continued on. “But we’ve got to get away from this and we’ve got to concentrate on what is important at this moment. And we’ve got to get a — he’s got to be more competent.”
Watch above, via CBS.
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