The latest example of political hypocrisy couched in moral outrage is the insistence, polite as it may have been, for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave a local Virginia restaurant.
The restaurant staff recognized Huckabee as a member of a party of 8 and called the owner. She came to the restaurant, discussed the situation with her team (some of whom are gay), and took a vote to ask Huckabee to leave.
The hypocrisy is outrageous.
Their argument was, surrounded by conservatives who supported Mr. Trump, they felt duty bound to wave their liberal progressive (and in this case patently biased) flag in seeking to have Huckabee leave.
There is no doubt in my mind this same staff held a Kumbaya hand-holding, weeping gathering of outrage when the Supreme Court upheld a bakery’s refusal to make a cake for a gay wedding.
There is no doubt in my mind this same group wails and moans at the mistreatment of the GLBT members of our society by some conservatives.
Yet they see no hypocrisy in asking a person to leave based on who they work for? It is the most childish, immature, and idiotic thing they could ever have done.
What’s next, do restaurants post a list of acceptable political positions for admission to their establishments next to the daily specials?
Does Trip Advisor add a new column called Political Position to their restaurant reviews?
Do you ask each guest their voting record, political affiliation, or position on issues of the day?
Instead of using an opportunity to demonstrate to Huckabee their professed rainbow-colored inclusiveness, they did what they despise in others. They denied a person a seat at the table because of a difference of opinion.
There is no difference in this country between denying someone a seat based on politics, religion, or color of their skin.
None. The confrontation might have lacked the violence of the Civil Rights struggle, but the principle is the same.
What would the outcry be if Huckabee came in and asked to be waited on by heterosexual conservatives only?
To be clear, Huckabee is the face of the worst administration in the history of the Presidency. Her promulgating the myth of fake news and her revolving door rationale for the President’s irrational and erratic policies is obscene. But to lower oneself to their level of behavior reinforces the prejudicial attitude of those support such policies.
When you are in a public service industry, and you so despise cases such as the baker/wedding cake decision, you must exemplify tolerance not promulgate more intolerance. Instead, they missed an opportunity to demonstrate there is value to progressive liberal inclusion.
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