by Graham Pierrepoint
Yep – check your calendars – a new week dawns and with it, Donald Trump and his White House team lead their way into the headlines. President Trump – who has long since decried ‘fake news media’ and who has cherry-picked his favorite sources of current events such as Fox News – relies upon his Twitter account to get direct messages across, and while some may see this as irresponsible, it’s become a hallmark of his Presidency – his followers fervently watch his every word online, and in a way, it is oddly refreshing for a statesman to be so open about how he feels. However, this can sometimes lead one down a sticky path – as the first year-and-a-bit of Trump’s tenure has already shown in a few instances (his online verbal spat with Kim Jong-Un being of particular note).
The latest reason for Trump to take to Twitter is, believe it or not, to lambast a restaurant – though the President notes that he has good reason to. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted recently that she had been ejected from the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA, as a result of her connections to the Trump Presidency. This moment opened up all kinds of debate – and at the time of writing, it’s still very much ongoing. On one hand, the restaurant was criticized by some for putting politics before service – on the other, Sanders was criticized for effectively putting down a small, local business through an official governmental social media channel. It’s a saga that seems to be just unfolding, as President Trump himself has waded in – just days after the ‘Jacketgate’ scandal surrounding First Lady Melania Trump’s choice of wardrobe at a refugee separation center.
“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.” Tweets Trump, apparently incensed at the news that his Press Secretary had been ejected from the restaurant. “I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”
▶ Red Hen Restaurant President Trump Claims Is ‘Filthy’ Has Clean Record
That’s this particular moment in the Presidency in a nutshell – it’s an issue which is dividing people even further down the middle – was the restaurant right to act on personal politics and principles? Are Sanders and Trump right to publicly lambast the business on official accounts? These – at least for now – are the big, rather bizarre, questions.
▶ How The Red Hen Could've Treated Sarah Huckabee Sanders
(The Late Show with Stephen Colbe)