Did a Virginia restaurateur go too far by asking Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave her establishment? The incident came after the Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen and top Trump aide Stephen Miller were publicly heckled at DC restaurants. Below are two different views on whether this kind of thing is OK:
- Good move: It's unusual for protesters to target public officials in their private lives, but Jessica Valenti at the Guardian argues that it's justified here. "When you're talking about the kind of human rights violations the Trump administration has unabashedly enacted and defended, there is no public/private line worth honoring," she writes. "When it comes to kids in cages, you're not just accountable for your actions from 9 to 5." She flips the argument that the treatment of Sanders and the others is uncivil. It's their policies that are uncivil, and members of society are letting them know: "There's nothing more 'civil' than that."
- Too far: The editorial page of the Washington Post is one of the president's fiercest critics, but it argues that Trump officials should be allowed to "eat in peace." Justifying the behavior by saying this is a "special moment" is a slippery slope. "How hard is it to imagine, for example, people who strongly believe that abortion is murder deciding that judges or other officials who protect abortion rights should not be able to live peaceably with their families?" If we follow this path, "only the most zealous" will become public servants, and "that benefits no one."
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