One Year After 'Red Hen' Refused To Serve Her, Sarah Sanders Dines with the Queen of England


On June 22, 2018, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of the Lexington, Virginia, restaurant Red Hen because of her affiliation with President Donald Trump.

On Monday night, Sanders got the last laugh as she dined with the Queen of England.

The press secretary joined Trump and his family at a State Banquet hosted at Buckingham Palace. Over 170 individuals attended the gathering.

Sarah Sanders attends the State Banquet escorted by Prince Michael of Kent.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Prince Michael of Kent arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on Monday, June 3, 2019. (Victoria Jones / AP)

Sanders was escorted to the banquet by Prince Michael of Kent, the queen’s first cousin.

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Sanders’ father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, tweeted his thoughts on the event, saying, “”I had [Chick-fil-A] 2nite. My daughter [Sarah Sanders] dined with the Queen and had 120 course meal. Life ain’t fair.”

Well, life certainly isn’t fair for the employees that ensured her removal from the Red Hen establishment in 2018.

Do you think the media is unfair to Sarah Sanders?

I mean, why would Queen Elizabeth II eat with Sanders, an alleged purveyor of hate-mongering and deceit?

Perhaps Trump’s press secretary just isn’t as bad as the divisive, toxic liberal media makes her out to be on a regular basis.

In fact, maybe mature people — such as the queen, Sanders and many that dined at the banquet — know that disagreeing about politics without reverting to ad hominem attacks is a healthy way to go about life.

Sanders, after being removed from the Red Hen, said that the owner’s 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.”

She hit the nail on the head, as the owner — Stephanie Wilkinson — showed no remorse in an interview with The Washington Post, stating that she “would have done the same thing again.”

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“I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation,” Wilkinson recalled of her confrontation with Sanders. “I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.'”

It was quite compassionate of her to kick out a woman peacefully eating with family and friends, right?

No, it wasn’t at all. It was the opposite of compassion.

Sanders was classy and graceful in the heat of an awkward exchange, and instead of seeking out vengeance or dwelling on the hateful encounter, she went on with her life — which, based on photos of her dinner with the British royals, seems to be working out quite well for her.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
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