We are not at all surprised that our columnist Armstrong Williams has found it necessary to rush to the defense of a Trump administration staffer, specifically White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was asked on June 22 to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va. Williams charges that the incident is “proof of liberal weakness.”
I have set aside my initial impulse not to dignify such an opinion, but on one point I am in total agreement—two wrongs don’t make a right. Nor does might make right, and the exclusion the proprietor enacted at the Red Hen was an expression of outrage against an elected government and its leader who has on too many occasions repudiated the democratic process, to recall words he used in his excoriation of liberals.
The owner had every right to ask Sanders to leave, not from a personal standpoint, but because she politically symbolized a mean-spirited, autocratic despot who made the restaurant’s staff uncomfortable, the owner said.
Granted this expulsion might not be setting an example of tolerance, but let’s take a look at what prompted this response—a leader who has no respect for civil and human rights, who from Day One in office has repeatedly assailed one ethnic group after another, whose insensibility has taken him to unprecedented lows for a president, and, most egregiously, who has no compunction for holding the children of migrants as hostages to get his way.
Armstrong, what do you expect from a repressed citizenry at the mercy of unconscionable tweets? Almost daily, without exception, Trump has made the nation uncomfortable, and rather the seeking ways to make things easier for Americans, he repeatedly finds ways to irritate and inflame.
In other words, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. He is a purveyor of dishonesty and immorality, and I applaud those citizens and owners who have little recourse but to exercise what few democratic and constitutional rights they have. And we know each day with an incipient fascist in charge, those guarantees of freedom and justice are in jeopardy.
No, two wrongs don’t make a right, and that’s a lesson we learned from the iconic Drum Major for justice. But it’s that first wrong that has precipitated such a strong reaction, and the Red Hen owner’s action is just one of several attempts to shame those who are viewed as complicit with the Trump regime and his dehumanizing policies. Those protestations might spark others to do the same thing, feeling their rebukes to be a counterweight to Trump’s proposed barriers to block others from entering the country, many of whom he has called “invaders.”
Although it’s improbable, I am waiting for the total ostracizing of Trump, particularly by those who have endured his insufferable treatment, those willing to take their disgust to the ballot box and hurry his removal from office. And his departure would not be regretted because the so-called deal maker has completed few deals of any consequence. During his campaign, he promised to replace Obamacare with a better health care plan and that remains unrealized. He is null and void when it comes to gun control measures that could possibly prevent the countless instances of violence. His actions on Cuba, Iran, NATO, NAFTA and climate change have not moved the needle of change an iota.