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Critics say that political incivility harmful to the country
Doug McKelway looks at the rising tide of anger in politics, and whether an end is in sight.
WASHINGTON – In the window of the Red chicken Restaurant in Lexington, Va., the words of Martin Luther King Jr framed: “love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
On Friday night, the Red hen owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, asked to leave White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, citing Trump’s administration policies. Sanders observed, but tweeted about the incident. Wilkinson later, the Washington Post said: “I’m not a big fan of confrontation…”, But added, “This feels like the moment, in our democracy, if the people have to uncomfortable measures.”
For some, the put the boot from Sanders set a new standard in rudeness.
“This is very dangerous,” House majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said on Monday morning. “[Innkeeper] should apologize to the American public. What is interesting to me the people who claim tolerance seem to be the most intolerant in this process.”
It follows a week in which the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the word President like in the Capitol, a Congressional intern hurled an f-bomb, the President Trump, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen was called a DC-restaurant of aggressive, and besieged by more heckling outside of your home No justice screaming, “no sleep.”
This weekend, Florida attorney General Pam Biondi had to give up their night in the movies in the face of a similarly confrontational mob.
That, during a weekend rally for Democratic California Congresswoman Maxine Waters called on to intensify their supporters in the clashes.
“When someone looks in the closet in a restaurant, in a Department store, a gas station, get you out and you create a lot, and they push back on you, and they don’t tell you, you are welcome, more, everywhere,” she said.
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, said Waters was a dangerous precedent to create.
“Of course, of what was said by Maxine Waters, is out of the question, and really the next move of the Democratic colleagues. If you begin to feel the heat from Democrats in the house, you say publicly that you went too far, and you should take it back, this is how you fix these things,” he said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did in part, in a tweet Monday morning. Not to mention, waters name, but fit not to mention the President.
“Trump is a daily lack of courtesy has reactions that are predictable, but not acceptable provoked,” she wrote.
The counter-puncher-in-chief fired back with a tweet of his own. “The Congressman Maxine Waters, a very low IQ person, has, in common with Nancy Pelosi, the face of the democratic party. They just called, for any damage to trailers…Be careful what you wish for, Max!”
Lexington, Va., with an overwhelming majority for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but the surrounding Rockbridge County voted overwhelmingly in favor of Donald Trump. The two jurisdictions, one inside the other, have little in common, and how to be America seem to move apart.
Doug McKelway, Fox News Channel (FNC) entered into force in November 2010 and serves as a Washington-based correspondent. Click here for more information on Doug McKelway.