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    Little Red Hen fallout

    It's ironic that the Red Hen restaurants seem to take the name from the Little Red Hen fable, since as you may recall the Hen finishes by refusing to share her bread with the neighborhood layabouts. That's far from the only twist in this story.

    For many reasons, leftists' snowballing rage at Trump has exploded. This time, however, prominent Democrats and leftists are giving support to public harassment of government officials.

    The left loses its cool
    Two senior Trump administration officials were heckled at restaurants. A third was denied service. Florida GOP Attorney General Pam Bondi required a police escort away from a movie about Mister Rogers after activists yelled at her in Tampa — where two other Republican lawmakers say they were also politically harassed last week, one of them with her kids in tow.

    In the Donald Trump era, the left is as aggressively confrontational as anyone can remember.

    What it means for 2018 — whether it portends a blue wave of populist revolt for Democrats or a red wall of silent majority resistance from Republicans — largely depends on one’s political persuasion. But there’s a bipartisan sense that this election season marks another inflection point in the collapse of civil political discourse.

    Few disagree that Democrats are marching, protesting and confronting Republican officials with more intensity during the midterm election than at any time in decades. The progressive fervor recalls conservative opposition to the last president in his first midterm, when Democratic members of Congress were left running from disruptive town halls and ended up being crushed at the polls in November.

    "If you see anybody from that Cabinet — in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station — you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” implored California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters at a Saturday rally, prompting an immediate conservative backlash on social media....
    Contrary to the opinion of this Politico writer, what it all "means" for 2018 does NOT depend on your ideological perspective. "Surprising" poll results give one side of the story:

    Family separation policy fails to dent Trump's rising popularity

    POLL STUNNER: Majority With Trump: Want Wall Built, Migrant Families Deported or Detained


    Trump's poll numbers are surging as he faces some of the biggest controversies of his presidency

    The Wall Street Journal puts it this way:

    How to Re-Elect Trump
    Hillary Clinton lost the Presidency in 2016 for many reasons but one was surely because she called people who disagreed with her a “basket of deplorables.” Millions of Americans knew who she meant, and nearly 63 million voted for Donald J. Trump.

    The political left is now repeating that mistake as its cultural and political vanguard sends a message of condescension, hostility and now ostracism to anyone who voted for Mr. Trump or has worked with or for him for the good of the country. Their relentless contempt might end up re-electing him.

    On that score don’t underestimate how the refusal by a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will resonate politically. Ms. Sanders had taken a seat at the Red Hen with several others on Friday when owner Stephanie Wilkinson asked her to leave. Ms. Wilkinson told the press, which is turning her into Rosa Parks, that her restaurant “has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.”

    Except toward people who don’t share Ms. Wilkinson’s views. Rest assured every Trump supporter in America will be reminded of this episode from here to November. The message: Now you’re so deplorable they won’t serve you in their restaurants....
    Are any of the spittle-flingers paying attention?

    My theory is they don't care. They are on a Mission From God, shades of the Blues Brothers.

    One under-reported aspect of all this is Trump's deliberate scheming in provoking the overreaction. And I don't mean the hackneyed portrait of him as crude, careless, improvisatory and, of course, stupid. I think he's deliberately goading the left into performing for the country. The clueless media are suckered but they never change.

    Take the president's tweet regarding the Red Hen:

    Trump slams 'filthy' Red Hen restaurant after it kicked out Sarah Sanders
    President Trump on Monday called the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Va. "filthy" and "dirty" after it kicked out press secretary Sarah Sanders.

    “The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” Trump posted to Twitter. “I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”
    It's brilliant: It doesn't bring up legal quarrels, in fact doesn't suggest there are legal issues. Nor does it call the owner out or demand she be removed from her job.

    Instead he throws a curve ball, like "low energy Jeb: her restaurant is dirty. And in so doing he neatly put her in a box. In fact the exterior of her restaurant looks pretty dogeared for a business. If anyone in the opposition media wants to talk about his tweet, they'll have to bring up the dilapidated look of her restaurant.

    But does she spruce it up, saying "Uncle!" in effect, even if she keeps her resolution to repeat her performance? Or does she let the restaurant stay dirty and bedraggled, and take her chances with the effete liberals she serves? (Trump is right, they don't particularly like to be seen eating in dives.)

    Completely deliberate.

    There was years ago a long story about Trump in the Wall Street Journal. In the course of outlining his generous nature when moved, the writers related a somewhat complex incident in which Trump saved the estate home of the widowed owner. It was a grand place that had a long scenic driveway, and Trump somehow found that he was able to buy a small patch of land on both sides of the driveway, which he did. He then let it go to pot, untended, very unsightly, and so managed to drive down the price of the house such that the wannabe Mr. Potters threw in the towel. He then gave the land to the widow, and more help beside, and she was able to remain in the house at least until the item in the WSJ was published.

    Don't imagine he doesn't think this sort of stuff through.

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    If the Dems lose in November, there will be hell to pay. If you think they are mad now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post

    Take the president's tweet regarding the Red Hen:

    Trump slams 'filthy' Red Hen restaurant after it kicked out Sarah Sanders
    It's brilliant: It doesn't bring up legal quarrels, in fact doesn't suggest there are legal issues. Nor does it call the owner out or demand she be removed from her job.

    Instead he throws a curve ball, like "low energy Jeb: her restaurant is dirty. And in so doing he neatly put her in a box. In fact the exterior of her restaurant looks pretty dogeared for a business. If anyone in the opposition media wants to talk about his tweet, they'll have to bring up the dilapidated look of her restaurant.

    But does she spruce it up, saying "Uncle!" in effect, even if she keeps her resolution to repeat her performance? Or does she let the restaurant stay dirty and bedraggled, and take her chances with the effete liberals she serves? (Trump is right, they don't particularly like to be seen eating in dives.)

    Completely deliberate.
    I think you've nailed it.

    It's like a perfect storm: Trump goads his enemies into a complete hysterical meltdown, they overreact because their entire strategy is fueled by emotion and empty virtue-signaling while regular people watch all this (often on video) and decide that the crazed word-vomit by all the SWJs and pundits is completely deranged (and dangerous).

    He's peeling off the edges every week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    I think you've nailed it.

    It's like a perfect storm: Trump goads his enemies into a complete hysterical meltdown, they overreact because their entire strategy is fueled by emotion and empty virtue-signaling while regular people watch all this (often on video) and decide that the crazed word-vomit by all the SWJs and pundits is completely deranged (and dangerous).

    He's peeling off the edges every week.
    The owner has resigned her position leading some local business group. That's certainly appropriate.

    And the restaurant is closed until July 5th. I haven't read that that's a scheduled vacation week, so I infer it isn't. If I'm right it's a wise tactic. She doesn't need a week of camera crews coming inside (and not eating, of course), or crew vans parked outside. Let things calm down a bit.

    Meanwhile, I assume owner Stephanie Wilkinson is paying her employees during this unexpected time off, even though by her testimony they made her do the deed that ignited the controversy. Losing a week's pay can be very hard on restaurant staff, and it would be awkward if she furloughed them without pay, blaming it on Trump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    very hard on restaurant staff[/URL], and it would be awkward if she furloughed them without pay, blaming it on Trump.

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    "Inspectors found no violations "?

    I don't think inspectors critique a restaurant's exterior. (Customers do.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    "Inspectors found no violations "?

    I don't think inspectors critique a restaurant's exterior. (Customers do.)
    Do you think Trump personally went there and looked at the exterior with his own eyeballs? Or did he just browse photos online?

    And which (curb appeal or health code violations) do you suppose is more relevant to the quality of the food served?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    Do you think Trump personally went there and looked at the exterior with his own eyeballs? Or did he just browse photos online?

    And which (curb appeal or health code violations) do you suppose is more relevant to the quality of the food served?
    You are zigging and zagging here. That's OK.

    I have no idea if Trump has seen the Red Hen in person, or simply look at pictures, or was told by someone he knows who was there.

    It hardly matters.

    Curb appeal matters, not to your intestines, but to the empty seats.

    I suppose you've never had a significant other in your life overrule your suggestion, "Lord no! I don't want to eat there!" Maybe the excuse is menacing loiterers, beer cans in the parking lot, or or the dilapidated store front. "Let's find a nicer looking place."

    What Trump did was draw attention to it.

    Now what does she do? Defy Trump and keep her ratty awning up? Knuckle under and spruce up the place?

    Carp about violations at Mar-a-Lago?

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    Not for nothing, I saw a video the day after The Incident showing a window washer doing the Red Hen windows.

    I assume his visit was a regularly scheduled one, like every other place I know.

    Why in the world would she pay him to do that, do you suppose? To your question,
    And which (curb appeal or health code violations) do you suppose is more relevant to the quality of the food served?
    I suspect she pays the guy because it has something to do with the quantity of food served.

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