The restaurant in Lexington, Va., that booted Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday night had to shut down Saturday due to what the owner says were death threats, and the president himself is now piling on. President Trump tweeted early Monday that the eatery "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!" Walter Shaub, the former ethics chief under President Obama, had already taken Sanders to task for using her official press secretary account to tweet about the restaurant, saying she violated federal rules, and Shaub said Monday the same applied to Trump.
"One fine morning [Trump] decided the matter most needing his attention was the vengeful destruction of a rural eatery," Shaub tweeted, adding the president's "rant would also violate the misuse of position regulation" and calling Trump a "walking conflict of interest." Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters made waves after a weekend speech in California in which she called on citizens to "stay the course," per Time. "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," she said. Criticism from conservative circles soon flowed—Meghan McCain called Waters' words "extremely dangerous"—but Waters noted: "We want history to report that we stood up." (The Red Hen owner's backstory is here.)