There’s more to the infamous “Red Hen” story than was originally reported.

You probably heard that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Lexington, Virginia, restaurant called the Red Hen.  She was dining, along with her family, but as they were sitting there, she was told something quite awkward.  The owner of the restaurant was someone who objected to President Donald Trump and wanted her to leave.  She did.

Later, she tweeted about the incident.  “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”

But here’s the part of the story you may not have heard.  Apparently after throwing out Sanders from their restaurant, the owners of the restaurant chased her dinner companions.  (By the way, these were “liberal” dinner companions by their own description, so it appears that Sanders can actually hang out with people who don’t agree with her on every issue. Red Hen owners, take note.)  When they got to a different restaurant, these people continued to heckle and abuse them.  The self-described liberal went outside and tried to reason with the abusers to no avail.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee, Sanders’s father, explained this on a radio show today:

“The owner of the Red Hen —because nobody’s told this — then followed them across the street, called people and organized a protest, yelling and screaming at them from outside the restaurant and creating this scene,” said Huckabee. One of Sanders’ in-laws, whom he described as “very liberal,” walked out and said, “Look, I don’t like Trump, I’m not a supporter, I’m a far — considered liberal — but you guys are embarrassing me and you’re not helping the cause.”

Nevertheless, the mob yelled and screamed even though Sanders was no longer there because, apparently, having even a tangential relationship to the Trump administration means you’re not fit to be out and about in polite society and you’re no longer to be afforded public accommodations.

“This is what the left has been reduced to,” Huckabee lamented. “It really is tragic, and it is dangerous.”

Here’s a serious question to all of you out there.  Is this the society we want?

Hat Tip: PJ Media

Image Credit: The White House ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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