I suppose there is a kind of professional solidarity when it comes to presidential press secretaries.
After Sarah Huckabee Sanders was tossed out of the Red Hen restaurant in northern Virginia last week we were subjected to dozens of press lectures on the nature of civility and the demise of western civilization because Sarah didn’t get to order her Mexican food.
By the way, a Mexican restaurant called Red Hen? Trust me. I have twenty great Mexican restaurants within ten square blocks of my house and none would call themselves anything like Red Hen.
When Sanders gets thrown out of a Mexican place in Logan Square it will be called El Heredero, El Habanero or El Cid.
Joining the finger waggers and explainers of civil behavior were former presidential communications people David Axelrod and Ari Fleisher.
Technically, David Axelrod wasn’t the press secretary for Obama. He was more of a general communications guy. He saw the Red Hen episode as not only bad behavior but as a win for Trump.
Kind of amazed and appalled by the number of folks on Left who applauded the expulsion of @PressSec and her family from a restaurant.
This, in the end, is a triumph for @realDonaldTrump vision of America:
Now we’re divided by red plates & blue plates!#sad
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 24, 2018
And George Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer gave Axelrod a high five.
Good for David. https://t.co/x1hCzpvx3p
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 25, 2018
I guess we’re heading into an America with Democrat-only restaurants, which will lead to Republican-only restaurants. Do the fools who threw Sarah out, and the people who cheer them on, really want us to be that kind of country? https://t.co/n7RxHHoYF3
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 23, 2018
Don’t screw with press secretaries. It doesn’t matter which Party, they stick together when it comes to restaurant service.
Maybe they are worried that if one gets thrown out of a restaurant, where will the practice of throwing out press secretaries end?
What they may not know, because unlike me they don’t have friends who have worked in restaurant kitchens, is that when people like that show up, and the line cooks find out, all kinds of weird shit will end up in the food.
I knew a cook in a fancy River North restaurant where former Alderman Fast Eddie Vrdolyak used to have lunch back in the day when he was trying to block Mayor Harold Washington’s reform agenda. She would hock a loogie into anything he ordered.
This goes on all the time. Huckabee was actually lucky she didn’t get served.
What world do these people live in? Public shaming public officials is not anything new. Although Axelrod is a Chicagoan, he clearly has never been to a Cubs game when any politician shows up.
They get booed. Loudly. Not civil.
But here is my point.
Go to Axelrod’s and Fleisher’s tweets.
Search for Antwon Rose.
Antwon Rose is the young African American teenager who was shot in the back by Pittsburg police officer the other day
You will find no tweets by Axelrod or Fleisher about Antwon Rose.
No lectures on the nature of civility when it comes to shooting young African American men in the back.
Not even a word of condolence.