David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, isn't happy that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant over the weekend.
What's more is that Axelrod is particularly unhappy with those on the left celebrating Sanders' ejection.
On Friday night, a Lexington, Virginia, restaurant owner asked Sanders to leave the premises because she works for President Donald Trump.
Sanders tweeted about the encounter at Lexington's Red Hen restaurant on Saturday, writing, "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."
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
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
Why did Sanders have to leave?
According to TMZ, the restaurant owner asked Sanders to leave over "moral conviction." On Saturday, the Washington Post published an interview with the Red Hen's owner, who did not back down from that "moral conviction."
According to Stephanie Wilkinson, the restaurant's owner, she was at home when she received a phone call from her staff notifying her that the White House press secretary was at her restaurant. Wilkinson said that because Sanders worked for an "inhumane and unethical" presidential administration, she decided that Sanders should not be able to eat at the restaurant.
Wilkinson headed to the restaurant to deliver the news to Sanders and her party personally.
"This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals," Wilkinson told the Post of her decision to eject Sanders from the restaurant.
She told the Post that when she was able to speak to Sanders outside the restaurant, she was "babbling a little."
"[B]utI got my point across in a polite and direct fashion," Wilkinson said. "I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation. I said, 'I’d like to ask you to leave.'"
According to Wilkinson, Sanders obliged, and Wilkinson did not make Sanders and her party pay for the food they'd already eaten. Wilkinson told the outlet that if she had to do it again, she'd make the same decision.
"I would have done the same thing again," the restaurant owner said. "We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one."
What did Axelrod say about the incident?
On Monday, Axelrod expressed his displeasure over the incident in a tweet.
He wrote, "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," he explained. "Now we’re divided by red plates & blue plates! #sad."
"Oh yes. Let’s get REALLY tough and deprive the Trumpies of Chanterelle & Scape Risotto!" he later sarcastically added. "That will change EVERYTHING!"
Oh yes. Let’s get REALLY tough and deprive the Trumpies of Chanterelle & Scape Risotto! That will change EVERYTHING!✊ https://t.co/pkMeedlnFw
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 24, 2018