NBC host Megyn Kelly on Monday shamed the owner of the Red Hen restaurant after she asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to leave her establishment.
In a segment that evoked Kelly’s days at Fox News, the NBC host reacted to the news that Sanders had been asked to leave the Red Hen and actor Seth Rogan refused to sign an autograph for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Kelly’s panel began by suggesting that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was wrong to call for “push back” against members of Trump’s administration.
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Daniel Goldman argued that the protests against the Trump administration had to be put in the context of President Donald Trump’s own actions.
“As a candidate, he said that he wanted to lock up his political opponent,” Goldman recalled. “[He] said he was going to send some enforcers to a campaign event to boot people out and to get physical. And then every day on Twitter, the vitriol and the personal attacks are ramped up. And it’s creating a climate where the political is moving over into the cultural… So this is an outpouring of it.”
Kelly recalled her days at Fox News when Trump campaigned on using physical violence, but she then slammed Waters for “incivility.”
“You don’t call for incivility or arguably violence because that’s how it sounded to me to in response to your own anger about what’s happening at the southern border,” Kelly opined. “That’s not the way forward.”
“I think she’s calling for people to stand up and protest,” NBC correspondent Stephanie Gosk interrupted.
“By kicking people out of restaurants?” Kelly asked.
“Yes, I think that is what that was,” Gosk replied. “It would have been uncivil if they had pushed her, it would have been uncivil if they had shouted at her. This was a very civil, ‘Please leave my restaurant.’ It was a protest. It was, ‘Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you are the spokesperson for an administration that we fill very strongly has wronged us and has at times lied to us. And our way to demonstrate how upset we are is to protest — and that is, I’m not going to serve you dinner.'”
“It’s protest but it’s uncivil,” Kelly insisted.
“This started as a result of [Trump’s] family separation policy,” Goldman chimed in. “And that, everyone I think agrees, is uncivil at a minimum.”
Kelly argued that administration critics should take their protest “to the street” instead of denying service to Sanders.
“You can get a million person march to make that point,” Kelly said. “But, to me, when it’s one-on-one, face-to-face — I mean, look what happened with Paul Ryan and Seth Rogan this weekend… Paul Ryan’s kids wanted a picture with him and as soon as he saw that they were Paul Ryan’s kids, he said no. And then he lectured the kids on how bad their dad was in front of their dad!”
Karamo Brown of Netflix’s Queer Eye remarked that Rogan may have helped Ryan’s children understand, “Your father is doing some really terrible and horrible things.”
“Paul Ryan hasn’t done anything [wrong],” Kelly shot back.
Kelly ended the segment by lecturing those who don’t support Trump.
“You can loathe President Trump, you can loathe his policies, you can completely have zero respect for those who support him and put his agenda into operation,” she stated. “But you have to be respectful of the people who put him in office or you’re going to get four more years just like these.”
“This is going to galvanize — he’s got 90 percent support amongst Republicans — this is going to galvanize every Republican in the country because they are going to feel like they were kicked out of that restaurant, like they were embarrassed in front of their kids, like they are so deplorable they can’t even eat in a public place anymore!” Kelly exclaimed.
“Other people are allowed to fight back and to push back,” Goldman reminded Kelly. “And if [Trump] is going to go down this road of daily personal attacks against everything…. It’s certainly not okay that he does it and everybody else can’t.”
“Why can’t you choose enlightenment and love and light and go towards that?” Kelly asked.
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