Former Barack Obama adviser Ben Rhodes made it clear Sunday that he didn’t think Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant was newsworthy — he was too concerned about President Trump “threatening to do away with the rule of law.”
Something about the incident must have stuck in his brain, though … he’s thinking about the breakdown in civility in politics and trying to nail exactly when it began. And it looks like this morning’s Supreme Court ruling on Trump’s travel ban must have jogged his memory.
The breakdown in civility and our politics occurred when a sitting President couldn't even get a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee for 8 months. Not when someone couldn't eat at Red Hen.
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) June 26, 2018
Ah, the whole “stolen” Supreme Court seat, huh? We could have sworn the breakdown began before that, though.
It wasn’t when POTUS was saying Republicans were allied with Iranian theocrats, or when Obama aides were calling the Israeli PM a “chickens***” and accusing Rs of being arsonists, suicide bombers, and hostage takers, or when the VP said the GOP wants to reinstitute black slavery? https://t.co/qY46Rf4Wno
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) June 27, 2018
Didn’t his boss compare Republicans to Iranian tyrants? https://t.co/5XOwbzxMp6
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 27, 2018
Or when the vice president said republicans wanted to put black people back in chains. That was a pretty large breakdown in civility, don’t you think?? https://t.co/Z8lYeonmXV
— Joe S (@JosephS2424) June 27, 2018
You sure it didn't occur when you guys were suing nuns? https://t.co/avVOv0LRKX
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) June 26, 2018
Or was it when a sitting President sued nuns for not buying contraception? https://t.co/wekY9BW4hu
— Eric Teetsel (@EricTeetsel) June 27, 2018
Oh? Funny, I thought that “Punch back twice as hard” and “We won” stuff from Barack Obama started it. https://t.co/XJOWNkHWPq
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) June 27, 2018
Elections… Have… Consequences… https://t.co/K7srnrAJbM
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) June 26, 2018
— Bryan Buckley (@BryanBuckley09) June 26, 2018
Or when a presidential candidate declared that a good portion of Americans are "bitter clingers." https://t.co/Ns8KRGByz4
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 26, 2018
No it began when we were told we "cling to our guns".
— #JustTheTweets (@Texastrue11) June 26, 2018
Or religion. Don’t forget religion.
Yes, because the bitter clingers comment came from a place of love. https://t.co/ee2Ty9zIy7
— Mo Mo (@molratty) June 27, 2018
You're getting warm. Keep going. https://t.co/5Q8YBt3tla
— Blame Big Government (@BlameBigGovt) June 26, 2018
But don't let reality get in the way of your victimhood https://t.co/aKeLuxXw3E
— Don't Poke the Momma Bear (@BreeZeeMomma) June 26, 2018
It probably started when a sitting President told his adoring cult to get in people's faces during Thanksgiving dinner over government mandated health insurance. https://t.co/laC2jglSgY
— Dan (@danieltobin) June 27, 2018
No I’m pretty sure it happened when you guys called tea party republicans terrorists. https://t.co/Z8lYeonmXV
— Joe S (@JosephS2424) June 27, 2018
Not when Paul Ryan threw old people off of cliffs? https://t.co/dK6e2RL6vy
— Adam Mala (@themalacast) June 26, 2018
Nah: it was when a failed novelist used our money to pay for a villain's nuke program. https://t.co/Rl5kFF5kMc
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) June 26, 2018
Says the guy who admitted to conducting a propaganda operation in American media to hoodwink voters into the Iran deal.
You have some nerve, bro. https://t.co/HTS0z7v94f
— Bryan Dean Wright (@BryanDeanWright) June 26, 2018
Breaking: things were civil before 2016. https://t.co/3MmpPeDBBR
— Renna 🇩🇪🔨 (@RennaW) June 26, 2018
Civility’s been dead for a long time and your old boss didn’t help things one bit…
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” -Barack Obama
— Political Parrot 🇺🇸 (@bvparrot) June 26, 2018
This doesn't even make sense and additionally the whole civility debate had nothing to do with the SCOTUS decisions from today. You got your strategic comms emails mixed up today, Ben. https://t.co/xaaB9llouH
— neontaster (@neontaster) June 27, 2018
Why so mad? All we did was take your boss's advice: "Voting is the best revenge". So we kept voting until we eventually won the House, Senate and White House. https://t.co/nxtnCYWFEF
— 100 Proof (@ChampionCapua) June 27, 2018
We will disagree on when lack of civility began. But can we agree public mob harassment and spitting on women is where it should end?
— Steph (@steph93065) June 26, 2018
Intern who yelled 'F**k you' at President Trump suspended for a week https://t.co/PubBnSOjUA
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 26, 2018