A few days ago, a waitress in a Chicago bar spit on Eric Trump. To her credit, the mayor of Chicago came out and denounced the incident.
Stephanie Wilkinson of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA, which famously denied service to former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has a new editorial which is running in The Washington Post in which she chimes in this latest incident.
“In recent weeks, we’ve witnessed two high-profile collisions between the food service industry and an unwelcome potential patron. In the first, Cracker Barrel — the Tennessee-based chain best known for its simpler-times decor and crowd-pleasing portions — came out with a forceful statement barring Grayson Fritts, the sheriff’s detective-cum-Baptist preacher who advocated the arrest and execution of LGBTQ people, from holding an event at one of its restaurants in Cleveland, Tenn.
In the second instance, a server at Aviary, an upscale Chicago cocktail bar, was briefly detained by the Secret Service after allegedly spitting in the face of Eric Trump while the president’s son was visiting the city on business. …
So when the day comes that the world feels returned to its normal axis, I expect we’ll see fewer highly charged encounters making headlines. In the meantime, the new rules apply. If you’re directly complicit in spreading hate or perpetuating suffering, maybe you should consider dining at home.
For the rest, your table is waiting.”
So, if I am understanding this correctly, it is now “mainstream” to deplatform, milkshake and violently assault your political enemies who are “bigots,” and it is also “mainstream” to spit on your political opponents and to deny them service in restaurants to uphold your values. Also, if you don’t like this new order, then you should probably just stay home and shut up.
I will add here that this is a conversation that is now going on among progressives about how mainstream conservatives should be treated. We’ve come a long away from punching Richard Spencer!