Sarah Sanders' Twitter Activity Could Violate White House Ethics

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"Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA".

"Sarah, I know you don't care even a tiny little bit about the ethics rules, but using your official account for this is a clear violation of 5 CFR 2635.702 (a)", Shaub tweeted Saturday, referencing the law that states government employees can not use public office for private gain.

Imagine this scenario for a moment: You own a restaurant called the Red Hen, you're minding your own business, and you wake up one day to a torrent of vicious online rants directed against your establishment-not because of something it did, but because it happens to share the same name of an unaffiliated restaurant embroiled in controversy.

Sanders' treatment at the restaurant created a social media commotion with people on both sides weighing in, including her father, Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate. She said the episode Friday evening said far more about the owner of the restaurant than it did about her. "Or you can ask for the 'Hate Plate, '" Huckabee said in a tweet, quickly generating 2,000 replies in about 30 minutes.

Red Hen's owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, reacted to Sanders' tweet and the subsequent firestorm by saying that she would do it again. "I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so", Sanders tweeted. "She was informed of Sanders" arrival by a chef. That she publicly defended the president's cruelest policies, and that that could not stand.

"When I was a WH lawyer we trained all staff they couldn't use their WH titles or resources (like Twitter acct) for personal uses like making restaurant reservations or promoting businesses".

Instead, the former Fortune 500 company CEO expressed concern about racial and ethnic minority children growing up in the United States with President Donald Trump in office.

"Tell me what you want me to do".

The backlash extended to eponymous but unaffiliated restaurants in other locations as well. "Her family left on their own accord, we didn't actually refuse service or 'kick her out'". A group of young socialists who organizing the heckling - led by a paralegal who works for the justice department - called for similar protests against administration officials over its immigration policy. "I said, "No. It's on the house", Wilkinson said.

The restaurant's Facebook page included posts supporting Sanders and criticizing the restaurant in Lexington, a town of 7,000 that is 190 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton received 61.8 percent of the vote compared with Trump's 31.3 percent.

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