Former Federal Ethics Chief Walter Shaub, who served under Obama and Trump, called Sanders affirmation of the night's events unethical because she used a government account to do so. "Or you can ask for the 'Hate Plate, '" Huckabee said in a tweet, quickly generating 2,000 replies in about 30 minutes.
"Kindly check your facts before you erroneously defame an innocent business on Facebook in an attempt to destroy their business where they welcome all, irrespective of their race, religion, views or opinion", the Facebook post went on to say.
When asked if Pope would turn down Sanders, she said the press secretary would be welcomed like anyone else.
Sanders addressed the controversy the next morning, explaining that she had politely departed the restaurant after the owner asked her to leave. He suggested the confrontation between Wilkinson and Sanders was a "lost opportunity" for honest discourse on contentious issues. The Facebook post for the New Jersey-based Red Hen has attracted more than 600 comments, with many respondents arguing among themselves about the merits of asking Sanders to leave-again, something this particular restaurant did not do. "I was babbling a little", owner Stephanie Wilkinson told CNN, according to Deadline. "I have a business, and I want the business to thrive". I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so, " Sanders tweeted after being ejected by a politically roused restaurant owner.
The incident comes days after protesters assailed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Washington, just as the administration was coming under fire for its policy of separating undocumented immigrant families at the US border with Mexico.
This was the second public incident involving social aggravation of a Trump aide in recent days, after his Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled while dining out at a Mexican restaurant earlier in the week.
"We've got to get away from this and we've got to concentrate on what is important at this moment", Mr. Cummings said.