You know Paul Rudnick from his work on movies like Addams Family Values, The First Wives Club, In & Out, and his latest play Big Night which deals with among other things, the aftermath of a tragedy similar to recent mass shooting in Florida that killed 17. I’ve been following his posts on Facebook and his astute observations have turned to politics and Trump’s toxic influence on America. Here’s his latest on White House Press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders…
“Yesterday the vile Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, because she works for Trump. Sarah tweeted that the owner’s
‘actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully.‘
Part of my brain thinks, no, denying any customer service on the basis of their political beliefs, is unjust. The other, louder, more emotional and more heedless section of my cortex couldn’t stop cheering.
Sarah’s superior, vicious sneer is the face of everyone in a horrifying lynch mob photograph. Sarah has fought tirelessly against gay marriage and gays in the military, and she agreed with her aggressively racist Dad Mike Huckabee, when he declared gay people to be ‘subhuman’ and claimed they were destroying America. Sarah supported the pedophile candidate Roy Moore and she cheered the use of No Gays Allowed signs in businesses.
These conflicts always give rise to op-ed pieces yearning for civility, and asking Democrats to go high, and resist descending to Trump’s level. Others will insist it’s all just politics, and nothing worth hating your relatives over.
Well, no. Civil rights are never just politics. Sarah Sanders has never treated anyone respectfully, except for the very worst bigots. She deserves to be publically shamed. Actions have consequences. Asking Democrats to resist the Republicans’ constant levels of vengeance, slurs and hatred is not the answer, and can be an insult to genuinely endangered lives.
Mike Pence was booed at Hamilton, and Kirstjen Nielsen and the blandly satanic Stephen Miller have been harassed at Mexican restaurants – Kirstjen and Stephen are the insidious architects of the policies separating immigrants from their children. Here’s what would be far worse than leaving these nightmarish Trump minions to enjoy their meals in peace: not letting them know how much they’re despised. No one should make Kirstjen and Stephen’s lives and their expense account dinners any easier.
America was founded on protest and freedom of speech, which are rarely civil or pleasant. Some pundits claim that schoolyard fury, like Robert DeNiro‘s shouting ‘Fuck Trump!’ at the Tony Awards, does more harm than good, which is nonsense. Trump’s supporters have set their moronic rage in stone, and polite debate is useless. I also doubt that the hardcore Trumpites watch the Tony Awards, not during hunting season. I watched as one Trump stalwart was shown footage of immigrant kids being ripped from their parents’ arms and she wept openly – for Trump. She said,
‘He works so hard for us, and people are so mean to him.‘
Is this the sort of person who’d respond to a nice warm chat?
So if I was sitting in a restaurant and Sarah Sanders strolled in, I could think to myself, let it go. Let’s all just agree to disagree. Voting is of course the only truly effective solution. But I’m not that even keeled. Sarah and Trump aren’t the opposition party: they’re the enemy. After finally making a vague attempt to end the worst immigration abuses, Trump instantly resorted to his usual race-baiting rallies, while Ivanka congratulated herself online.
So until the elections, calling out villains like Sanders and Sessions and Miller is absolutely necessary. It might not be high-minded but the alternative is worse. Maybe Sarah should get used to takeout.”
— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 15, 2018
(Illustration, Rosie O’Donnell/Twitter)