White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called for greater civility in public discourse at Monday’s press briefing, where she addressed the Friday night incident that saw her removed from a small Virginia restaurant.
According to The Hill, Sanders said Monday she and her husband “politely left” the Red Hen after being asked to leave due to her position within the Trump administration.
“We are allowed to disagree but we should be able to do so freely and without fear of harm,” she said. "And this goes for all people regardless of politics.”
“Healthy debate on ideas and political philosophy is important, but the calls for harassment and push for any Trump supporter to avoid the public is unacceptable,” she said.
The issue has spurred debate in the public sphere over what constitutes a civil and appropriate response to differing political opinions, but the issue appears to be less about politics and more about morals.
Sanders argued that her treatment Friday night was inappropriate at the same time the Trump administration is unsure how it will reunite migrant parents with their children who have been forcibly removed from their care.
Sanders argued for disagreement without fear of harm while the Trump administration is holding children in wire cages at the border.
Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told the AP she had witnessed detention center officials scold a group of 5-year-olds for playing around in their cage – a cage that has no toys or books, she said.
“The government is literally taking kids away from their parents and leaving them in inappropriate conditions,” Brane said. “If a parent left a child in a cage with no supervision with other 5-year-olds, they’d be held accountable.”
But Sanders would like Americans to be nice and focus on the good Trump has accomplished:
“America is a great country and our ability to find solutions despite those disagreements is what makes us unique,” she added before launching into a list of President Trump's accomplishments.
Harassing Trump administration officials? Wrong.
Putting migrant children in cages? No problem.