- The Washington Times - Monday, June 25, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged Americans Monday to reject a top Democrat’s calls to harass administration officials, citing her own booting from a restaurant as evidence of the nation’s out-of-control partisan feuds.

“We are allowed to disagree, but we should be able to do so freely and without fear of harm, and this goes for all people regardless of politics,” Mrs. Sanders said at the daily press briefing.

The owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, asked Mrs. Sanders to leave Friday night, saying she and her employees oppose the administration’s policies. Mrs. Sanders and her party did leave.

On Monday, the president’s spokeswoman appealed for a return to “healthy debate.” Without naming Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, she criticized the lawmaker for urging Americans to confront administration officials in public.

“Some have chosen to push hate and vandalism against the restaurant I was asked to leave from,” Mrs. Sanders said. “A Hollywood actor publicly encouraged people to kidnap my children. This weekend a member of Congress called for people to push back and make clear to those serving their country in this administration that they are not welcome anywhere, anytime for anything.”

Mrs. Sanders went on, “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. America is a great country, and our ability to find solutions despite those disagreements is what makes us unique.”

She said “that is exactly what President Trump has done for all Americans by building a booming economy” including for minority groups.

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