MSNBC host Chris Hayes defended The Red Hen for kicking out White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Monday, saying the restaurant was simply taking part in a “free society.”
“I get people’s impulse and I don’t think it’s a bad impulse to have of, like, yeah don’t yell at people. I get that. That’s a human and understandable part of people’s impulses around this stuff. And, generally, I think that’s a good guiding post for people,” Hayes said on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” (RELATED: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Asks Sen. Cory Booker If Trump Is ‘A Criminal’)
“I will say this that, look, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, for example, is one of the most powerful people in the world. And in a very real and tangible sense the defining feature of a free society is that you can tell one of the most powerful people in the world in your government, ‘get out of my restaurant’,” he said.
“Like that’s genuinely, like, a thing that makes a free society,” Hayes continued.
The liberal host also used the Tea Party town hall meeting from 2009 and 2010 to defend his point and said the right of Americans to challenge public officials should always be preserved.
“Now, people can say, like, that — ‘I don’t think they should do that or that’s rude.’ And I totally get people on either side of that. But in a real deep sense, like, hectoring, yelling at public officials? I mean, I covered all the Tea Party town halls of 2009. That was a festival of yelling at public officials,” Hayes concluded. “And in the same way, that’s actually an important right to preserve. So, I think sometimes this conversation about civility can paper over a lot of what is actually just what politics looks like.”
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