The Washington Post editorial board defended President Donald Trump’s administration against public confrontations by posing the hypothetical scenario of anti-abortion advocates harassing abortion rights judges.
The editorial board acknowledged the treatment that press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller have recently received.
While the board shared many protesters’ criticism of the Trump administration’s policies, they disagreed with allowing those feelings to spill “into what used to be considered the private sphere.”
“We nonetheless would argue that Ms. Huckabee, and Ms. Nielsen and Mr. Miller, too, should be allowed to eat dinner in peace,” they wrote.
Then, the editorial board turned the tables on those who insist that “incivility” is justified because we’re in a “special moment” and described what a “special moment” may be for other Americans:
How hard is it to imagine, for example, people who strongly believe that abortion is murder deciding that judges or other officials who protect abortion rights should not be able to live peaceably with their families?
If the pattern continues, the editorial board predicted that the future of American politics is having only the “most zealous sign up for public service.”
“That benefits no one,” the piece concluded.
The Washington Post’s defense of the administration officials comes after the publication has taken its own fair share of criticism from Trump, who has labeled the outlet part of the “fake news.”
Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
The Washington Post is far more fiction than fact. Story after story is made up garbage – more like a poorly written novel than good reporting. Always quoting sources (not names), many of which don’t exist. Story on John Kelly isn’t true, just another hit job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2018
Along with administration officials who have been targeted by protesters, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was also followed by protesters from a movie theater over the weekend.
In contrast to WaPo’s call for a return to civility, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) amped up her protest rhetoric and encouraged people to continue harassing administration officials when they see them in public.