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June 25
17:31 2018

No sooner did I publish a commentary on how friendly and well the vast majority of Americans get along – and it is still true – you see an exception to the rule. Of course, I did note in my commentary that there are a few jerks out there, but “they are few and far between.”

Stephanie Wilkinson, owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia is one of those few and far between examples. She recently booted White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders out of her eatery for … being loud and obnoxious? … engaging in a food fight? … insulting other customers? … not paying the bill? No, no, no. Sarah was asked to leave because she works for the President of the United States – a person Wilkinson obviously detests with an irrational passion.

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It is noteworthy that Sanders and her dinner party were not denied admission. In fact, they had already ordered and were enjoying the appetizers. Apparently, one of the workers called the owner to inform her that Sanders and her guests were dining in her establishment. Whether the worker was complaining to the boss or just informing her of a celebrity guest, we do not know.

What we do know is that Wilkinson rushed over to her restaurant and asked Sanders to leave. To underscore her specific hatred, Wilkinson said the others in the party could remain – as if that was going to happen.

Of course, this became the top story of Sunday morning – temporarily squeezing out the border issue. Only the creative and determined #NeverTrump media could find a way to spin the story against Sanders and commend the disgraceful action of the owner. New York Magazine went so far as to accuse Sanders of bullying the restaurant.

It seems Sanders issued a matter-of-fact report of the event on her White House email account. Immediately, biased and factually ignorant media contributors and panelists proffered a false argument that Sanders had violated government ethics by trying to damage a private business. They even went so far as to say that Sanders called for a boycott on the business – which she did not.

The ethics angle is nothing more than partisan theatrics. Sanders is a public figure that was attacked solely because of her government position. She is the news communicator for the White House. Had this been done to another top staffer, she would have been correct in making an official report. I would be amazed if, at the next White House briefing, Sanders would not be asked to respond to the incident from the podium with the White House sign behind her.

So, what about a boycott. At this stage, I cannot say if there will be one or not. But, if there is a boycott or demonstrators outside the Red Hen, the blame is on the shoulders of Wilkinson. She foolishly (in the interest of comity, I did not say “stupidly.”) started a national brouhaha that neither she nor Sanders needed – or the nation needed.

I also lay some blame on the anti-Trump media that has so dishonestly demonized Republicans and conservatives who are not part of the resistance movement. They have tapped into the unfortunate instinct of the radical left to take matters in their own hands – whether it is vulgar rudeness, angry confrontations – and even violence.

Oddly, I believe Wilkinson had a right to kick Sanders out of her restaurant. That is because I am a conservative. The First Amendment and the control of private property give Wilkinson the right to be irrationally obnoxious on her premises. She did nothing illegal – just … shall we say … ill-advised. But, in exercising that right, people can say and do things that are just wrong. In an incredible statement of self-description, Wilkinson said, “I am not a huge fan of confrontation.” Fooled me.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Belle
    Belle June 26, 18:32

    I thought the issue of denying restaurant service was settled during the MLK era. Wilkinson violated Sanders civil rights and should be prosecuted. Maxine Waters should be held accountable for inciting criminal behavior. The Left is blinded by unreasonable hatred.

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  2. EricHtown
    EricHtown June 26, 19:23

    I think that this stupid act will damage this woman’s business in this little Virginia town. She will get what she deserves for her “Trump derangement issues”.

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  3. FDR II
    FDR II June 26, 20:29

    Open to the public means just that. But while Sanders was served her food, she also could have been served the owner’s strong opinions on her lying and nastiness of both her and her boss in dealing with the media. At that point, she probably would simply “self-deport.”

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    • benfranklin
      benfranklin June 26, 21:01

      You are the foolish left that this writer is speaking of. I agree with the writer Wilkinson did have the right to foolishly remove her. But I will also say you are the person who would believe that a person who bakes cakes for a living and doesn’t want to bake a cake against his beliefs she be put in prison or his business taken away. The hypocrisy and hatred of the left never ceases to amaze me.

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    • Boo2
      Boo2 June 26, 22:51

      AND while said owner delivered her nasty opinion, Mrs Sanders could give it right back to her!
      By the way, Mrs Sanders has proven how well she can give it back! 👍

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    • JCB
      JCB June 26, 23:34

      “…lying and nastiness…”??? Surely, not by the media and clowns with Trump Derangement Syndrome. It will be interesting to see how this ends for the restaurant.

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      • FDR II
        FDR II June 27, 20:39

        I hear business is booming. Gov. Northam may head there for lunch.

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        • David
          David June 29, 16:23

          The Red Hen has been closed since her hate speech and won’t open until July 5th…how then is business booming you lying Liberal hack????????????

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  4. Dave
    Dave June 26, 20:34

    may the sky fall on the Little Red Hen.

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  5. Julius
    Julius June 26, 20:39

    How can Wilkerson have a right to kick somebody out of her establishment without a reason. She is licensed by some part of the community to serve the public. Right?

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  6. larry
    larry June 26, 21:35

    Good. If conservatives are going to allow themselves to be treated this way then it will continue. The other groups protest because that is what works.

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  7. Be
    Be June 27, 00:52

    You don’t like someone’s lifestyle choices, you don’t have to serve them. Simple as that. Reminds me of a cake that was recently in the news……………………..,……….

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  8. JuJu
    JuJu June 27, 00:56

    The phrase “whites only” of over a half century ago now computes to “liberals only”. Loudmouthed, aggressive, angry protest groups grab the attention of the media, but my retort is the ballot box. As a former Democrat who tried to vote for the most suitable candidate I will seek my revenge by voting a straight conservative ticket.

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  9. Big Red
    Big Red June 28, 15:25

    I wonder if Mrs.Sanders would have been kicked out of the restaurant if she were a conservative person of color? I don’t think Wilkerson would have the intestinal fortitude for that fight.

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  10. Bill
    Bill June 28, 22:53

    Every establishment has the right to ask anyone else out for whatever the reason is.

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