President Trump took to Twitter this morning to go to bat on behalf of professional liar and shameless whitewasher Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was thrown out of a restaurant for her role in enabling and excusing the President’s worst excesses and petty cruelties.
But the New York Times is reporting that behind the scenes, the President feels quite differently. The latest Maggie Haberman expose reveals that Trump privately groused at Sanders’ muted reaction to Michelle Wolf’s fairly tame digs at the White House Press Correspondent’s dinner, complaining that she was “weak” for not walking out and making a scene.
Since that incident, the Times reports, the president has told her he will be “grading” her public appearances and has been obsessively asking people what they think of her, projecting his own personal narcissism and deep-rooted insecurities on to his public mouthpiece.
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It’s unlikely that Trump will be pleased with her response to this weekend’s incident, which only saw Sanders issue a mild tweet in response to being refused service by the proprietors of the Red Hen in Virginia.
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
The inadequacy of her response was made clear this morning when Trump felt the need to go on Twitter and to trash the restaurant for their “dirty canopies” and apparent need of a paint job in a shamefully petty and personal attack on a restaurant he has certainly never been to.
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. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Huckabee Sanders had better step up her fire and fury, or she too could see herself rudely deposed in favor of someone else who will inevitably fail to meet Trump’s ridiculous standards before throwing them too to the wolves.
While there are few pleasures to be found in this age of contempt, watching those who have hitched their wagons to the Trump Train be discarded in disgrace is definitely one of them.