Yesterday, Walter Shaub, former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics during the Obama Administration told the media, ” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders violated ethical procedure when she used her official White House Twitter account to complain about being kicked out of a Virginia restaurant. Sanders tweeted, “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so” End of tweet. This is what has Shaub and other liberals crying foul!
Sanders used her @PressSec Twitter account Saturday about the Red Hen restaurant that refused to serve her Friday, and according to Schaub that is an ethics violation because she used a public account for personal gain. Shaub says this is the same as if a law enforcement officer flashed his badge to prevent being thrown out under similar circumstances.
Shaub is an idiot and his comparison proves it.
Sanders responded after the incident went public, and not before. There was no gain involved. She was not attempting to use her position to influence the owner’s actions…that was already done! She was merely responding to a second and more public controversy that began when the owners employee went public on face book and started this whole bruh haha. That’s completely different than a cop flashing a badge to get service.
Furthermore, the Twitter account is not paid for with public money, it’s a free account! But, if it were paid by the taxpayers, it would still not matter. Sanders is well within her right to respond in her own defense to a public incident. As an aside, I thought her reply was professional, it was measured, reasonable and dignified. So big deal. I’ve seen press secretaries say and do much worse while standing at the press podium, without creating any flap whatsoever, but then they were liberals acting under a democratic administration.
What Walter Shaub is conflating are two completely separate issues, as in apples and oranges. He’s saying a police officer, acting under color of authority, can’t use that leverage for personal gain and that’s true, but Sarah Huckabee-Sanders has no color of authority and even if she did, she sure didn’t use it! A person has a right to reply to personal attack on their character, especially when its gone public (See 1st amendment right). The White House Twitter account is used for disseminating information to the public without news media being involved. From an ethical and legal basis, it was totally within her prerogative as the White House Press Secretary to use that account in the manner that she did.
Now if you want to talk real ethics violation, then lets take a look at what Congresswoman Maxine Waters-D, Los Angeles recently said. In response to the immigration zero tolerance action put forth by the White House, she said, “You think we’re rallying now. You ain’t seen nothing yet. Already you have members of your cabinet being booed out of restaurants…protesters taking up at their house saying no peace – no sleep.” She would go on to say, how Trump’s “cabinet members won’t be able to go into a gas station, shop at a department store or eat in a restaurant.” This sounds incredibly close to giving marching orders to protesters. These are people she supports and sometimes directs to rally on her behalf. It appears the Congresswoman is calling for very specific ways that could be used like extortion. This sort of talk is very close to inciting criminal behavior by a mob. Was she acting in a manner befitting her status as a member of Congress, you tell me?
Maxine Waters is no stranger to ethics violations, she was charged with 3 counts of corruption back in 2010 and by 2012 she beat the rap. But, not because the charges against Waters were not true, they were, but they were dismissed for considerations other than in the interests justice.