Bill Clinton: 'I Have a Lot of Respect' for How Sarah Sanders Handled 'Red Hen' Incident
Former President Bill Clinton commended White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her conduct after she was forced to leave a restaurant in Virginia last week.
Sanders and her family were ejected from The Red Hen in Lexington, Va., because she works for President Trump. The restaurant's owner said she was standing up for the LGBT community.
Clinton said on "The Daily Show" Tuesday that he has "a lot of respect" for the way Sanders handled the situation.
"She was very dignified, she didn't chew them out, she didn't pitch a fit. She didn't call them immigrant-loving thugs or whatever," he said.
He added that "a lot of poison has been poured down America's throat" since the 2016 election, and that it's hard to "not have some of it come back up."
According to reports, Sanders is expected to receive Secret Service protection going forward.
Former Obama adviser David Axelrod initially defended Sanders following the incident, but he later tweeted that Sanders "lacks standing" until President Trump stops "regularly insulting opponents" and "inciting his supporters."
I have said it was wrong to eject @PressSec from a VA restaurant. Not good or even effective.
But unless & until @POTUS stops regularly insulting opponents & inciting his supporters, Sanders lacks standing when she lectures others about the need for civility, as she did today.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 25, 2018
Clinton said Tuesday that in order to achieve civility, the Trump administration needs to "stop the name-calling and take the lead."
"Sooner or later, people need to quit tearing each other down and go to work," he said.