People angry over Sanders slam the wrong Red Hen

Democratic lawmaker calls for ethics investigation of Sarah Sanders for using White House Twitter account to attack restaurant

"Tell me what you want me to do".

In contrast with the Lexington, Virginia restaurant that stirred up the controversy, Friedman stated that they would have served Sanders had she come to their restaurant. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so, " Sanders tweeted after being ejected by a politically roused restaurant owner.

Red Hen's owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, reacted to Sanders' tweet and the subsequent firestorm by saying that she would do it again.

"It's the same as if an ATF agent pulled out his badge when a restaurant tried to throw him/her out", Shaub explained.

"Yeah, if you use a government account to attack a private business on personal time, that's not right, " she replied as Urban - who was sitting next to her - grimaced.

An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations. He said the corollary - using a government position to punish an operation by "discouraging patronage"- is also illegal.

Sanders took the high road in on Twitter after the incident.

Sanders also tweeted about being refused service moments later.

"I'm sorry that Sarah Huckabee Sanders had a bad day. Ridicule will have to suffice", Shaub wrote.

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.

"This is a sign of the total ethical rot of this administration, which comes from the model set at the top", Ian Bassin, executive director of Protect Democracy and former associate White House counsel to Barack Obama tells Refinery29.

"I'm not a huge fan of confrontation", Wilkinson told the newspaper.

Wilkinson said Sanders politely agreed to leave and even offered to pay for her and her party's appetizers.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officials are treated in public.

Wilkinson said she made the decision knowing there could be backlash that hurt her business.

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