Former President Bill Clinton blamed President Trump’s administration for the current “civility” issues in the nation, even as he praised Sarah Sanders for her handling of her recent restaurant incident.
Clinton admitted he had “a lot or respect” for the way Sanders handled being asked to leave a Virginia restaurant last week, during a discussion with The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.
But Clinton also praised the Red Hen’s owner for debating the move with her staff before booting out the White House press secretary and her family because of her association with Trump.
“You ask yourself, well, should you go from there to asking her to leave the restaurant? That’s a decision for the restaurant owner to make. What I’d like to point out is, would it be better if that didn’t happen? I think it would,” Clinton said, before pointing a finger at Trump.
“But you know, A lot of poison has been poured down America’s throat since that 2016 campaign started,” he said. “So it’s hard to pour poison down other people’s throat and not have some of it come back up and bubble up.”
The audience applauded his jab at the president.
“I read the article about the lady who owned the restaurant, and I wound up with a lot of respect for the way she debated it,” Clinton continued. “But I also had a lot of respect for the way Sarah Huckabee Sanders handled it. I mean, 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. She just got up and left and offered to pay,” Clinton added, seeming surprised that Sanders did not use the Democrat playbook of tantrum-throwing, name-calling drama.
Naturally, the former president could not offer up the well-deserved compliment for Sanders without zinging her boss – again.
“So maybe what I’d like to see this be the beginning of something where, you know, it would be better if we started talking to each other again,” he said, never referring to the hate-filled rants Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters have been spewing.
“Sooner or later people need to quit tearing each other down and going to work. But I think that you can’t foment as much hatred as has been fomented by the administration without having a blowback,” he added to applause from an audience that equally missed the hypocrisy of his words.
“So it if they want to have more civility, they need to stop the name calling and take the lead,” Clinton said.
Oh, the irony.