The Twitter mob mentality–with its indignation, outrage, virtue signaling, and public shaming–has spilled over into the real world.
So observes David Harsanyi. Leftists have been harassing Trump administration officials out with their families at restaurants, movies, and other ordinary activities. This culminated in White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders getting thrown out of a restaurant by the owner! So much for the principle insisted upon by liberals during the Masterpiece Cake controversy that establishments open to the public must serve everyone without discrimination.
And now Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) has urged that such harassment be escalated! From Rep. Waters, quoted by Joy Pullman, in Left Slams Refusal To Join Gay Weddings, Celebrates Restaurant’s Refusal To Serve Sarah Sanders:
“We have members of [Trump’s] cabinet that have been booed out of restaurants. We have protesters taking up at their house, saying ‘No peace, no sleep, no peace, no sleep.’ And guess what? We’re gonna win this battle because…God is on our side.”
“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.”
Some Democrats are trying to tone down that kind of rhetoric and the harassment tactics, fearing it could lead to a backlash, but the base is eating it up.
The harassment is being defended on the grounds that the Trump administration is so evil, the way their immigration policy has been separating children from their parents, that those who are complicit with it deserve no civil consideration whatsoever.
Here a British evangelical defends the restaurant, saying that this is what happens and should happen “when politics gets moral.”
That may be, but what can happen when politics is overly moralized and morality is overly politicized?
Ironically, with its invocation of morality and its insistence that “God is on our side,” the Left is acting like its stereotypes of the Christian right!