CNN political commentator Symone Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” that those who are calling for civility in politics “might need to check their privilege.”
“It seems possible, I’m just reading the tea leaves here, that the White House would rather talk about Sarah Sanders being a victim, kicked out of this restaurant, asked to leave this restaurant, than the 2,500 children taken from their parents at the border,” Tapper said to Sanders.
“Absolutely. They’re using the bully pulpit and I think Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks she’s Rosa Parks in this situation, and she’s absolutely not,” Sanders replied. “Look, I definitely don’t want anyone coming up to me and putting me out the Shake Shack.”
“I just want to get my burger and my fries in peace,” Sanders continued. “But, there is something to be said about the folks calling for civility might need to check their privilege. Where is the civility in the press briefing room, Jake? Where is the civility at the border for these children?”
“This conversation about civility is completely one-sided and skewed,” Sanders concluded. “Again, I want to eat my Shake Shack in peace, but I also believe in movements of people speaking up for things, whether we are talking about the civil rights movement or whatever else. Those movements should be non-violent but they should not be non-confrontational. If we were waiting for non-confrontational and civility, we still might be sitting at segregated lunch counters.”