Presidential historian Jon Meacham explained the historical context in which Donald Trump officials should not be surprised to be publicly shunned during a Monday appearance on MSNBC.
On Friday, The Red Hen, a farm-to-table restaurant in Lexington, Virginia ejected White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
She lashed out at the establishment, as did President Trump, and now the restaurant is facing threats.
“You have said we’re kind of back to the colonial era in terms of public shaming, and this is an administration now reaping what they’ve sown. Explain, what do you mean by that?” host Craig Melvin asked the historian, who won a ‘Pulitzer Prizer’ for his biography of Andrew Jackson
“The presidency sets a certain tone of heart and mind in the heart of the nation,” Meacham replied.
“The president introduced — and even if he hasn’t introduced it, exacerbated to a remarkable degree — a culture of bullying, name-calling, and hectoring,” he explained. “And you reap what you sow.”
“The folks who work for him, who are part of this remarkably unconventional administration — and that’s putting it as politely as I can on a Monday — I don’t think should be surprised at this reaction,” he concluded.