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Democratic lawmaker: Restaurant 'should have served' Sanders

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings said Sunday the Virginia restaurant owner who asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave this weekend should have served her instead.

"I think, as far as the restaurant incident, I think the restaurant owner should have served her," said Cummings, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee. "I really do. But, this tone is horrible. But again, I think President [Donald] Trump has created this."

On Saturday, Sanders said she was told on Friday night by the owner of The Red Hen, a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, "to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left."

"Her actions say far more about her than about me," Sanders tweeted. "I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so."

Stephanie Wilkinson, who is a co-owner of the restaurant, explained to The Washington Post on Saturday that she believed Sanders worked for an “inhumane and unethical” administration.


“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” Wilkinson told the Post. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”

During his appearance Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," Cummings placed the blame on the president when he was asked about "the tone or lack of civility right now."

"Since he's become president — even before — he's basically given people license to state things that are ugly and those things then turn into actions, as we can now see," the Maryland Democrat said. "But we've got to get away from this, and we've got to concentrate on what is important at this moment."


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