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First They Came for Sarah Huckabee Sanders…

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And I am absolutely fine with that.

The right wing is losing its collective mind this week because a restaurant in Virginia asked the President’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to leave the establishment. These right-wing heroes of the regime, who have spent the better part of the past decade arguing that shops should not have to serve the LBGTQ community to protect their religious liberty to discriminate against fellow human beings, are suddenly daintily dropping to their fainting couches, horrified by the idea that an establishment might refuse to serve someone.

These are, mind you, the very same people who applaud pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control to women, asserting that their conscience trumps the right of women to access medication that could be prescribed for any number of reasons by a physician.

Online, we see conservative commentators worrying about a “slippery slope” in which Republicans and Democrats will no longer eat in the same restaurants–best of luck to you Republicans who don’t want to go to restaurants that aren’t staffed by immigrants to the US, by the way–and others making Mrs. Huckabee Sanders into some sort of martyred victim of liberal intolerance. Along the way, they’ve seen fit to ignore that she broke federal ethics guidelines in her effort to punish the restaurant that wouldn’t seat her.

The most frustrating part of this is that these conservatives, including Mrs. Huckabee Sanders’s own, racist father, seem to somehow believe she has suffered some kind of incredible injustice here. Where they saw no injustice and no pain for members of the LGBTQ community shamed away from bakeries who refused to make their wedding cakes, they are frantic in their concern for a wealthy woman who was asked to leave an establishment.

They’re conflating bigotry and discrimination against a whole class of people with a decision not to serve one customer, and somehow, they’re coming out of this situation believing that what happened to SHS is worse.

Of course I’d prefer that American politics were more civil and that someone who works for the regime could get a meal at whatever restaurant she prefers, but I’d also, more importantly, prefer that the press secretary for the President wasn’t a vicious liar who is doing her best to undermine the press to defend her boss. Huckabee Sanders has, in her time as press secretary, defended separating children from their parents as “biblical,” defended a White House aide who physically assaulted two romantic partners, lied about the President’s endorsement of violence,  and falsely claimed President Obama ordered then-candidate Trump be wiretapped.

And that’s just a start.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was not the victim of discrimination; she was the victim of her own words and actions. I can’t believe that any person is born a liar and it’s certainly not a protected class under the law.

In the end, this latest tsunami of outrage from conservatives who call other people snowflakes and tell real victims of discrimination that they ought to just get tougher, but who flop like Sergio Busquets at the merest response to their endorsement of indefensible policies, is little more than an attempt to distract the American public–or at least the most credulous portion of it–from an Administration spiralling out of control and violating both the laws and norms that have served our republic from its beginning.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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