Left must practice what they preach

Liberals put out yard signs that say “Hate Has No Home Here,” yet these are some of the very same phonies who are practicing hate and discrimination themselves on a regular basis.

Talk about hypocrisy.

Take the Red Hen in Lexington, Va. On Friday, Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — an educated, professional working mom — went to the restaurant but was booted by its liberal owner for simply working for the Trump administration.

How is this type of hate and blatant discrimination any different from a pre-Civil Rights Act restaurant in rural America refusing service to black patrons? Or if a modern-day restaurant were to refuse to serve an openly gay couple?

It’s not. Discrimination is discrimination, whether that’s refusing service for one’s skin color, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation.

It’s also an assault on the core pillars of a democracy. A political system that supports a plurality of political parties voters can choose from. One that distinguishes America from one-party dictatorships under Communist regimes.

The appalling hate and discrimination that Sanders experienced wasn’t a one-off. Earlier in the week Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to cut her dinner short at a Mexican restaurant in Washington after verbally abusive protesters shouted “Shame!” until she left.

Talk about harassment — not to mention textbook political discrimination.

And days earlier, Trump’s key adviser on immigration, Stephen Miller, was accosted by someone at a different Mexican restaurant in D.C. who called him “a fascist,” the New York Post reported. Also on Friday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was heckled by demonstrators during a Mr. Rogers documentary screening. The abuse was so bad that Bondi, a known Trump supporter, had to be escorted out of the movie by police.

The hateful intolerance that liberals are practicing against fellow Americans who support our president is not only unacceptable and a violation of their constitutionally protected rights — it’s flat-out dangerous.

Who can forget the charity baseball game practice last summer that was violently attacked by a gun-toting Bernie Sanders supporter who hated Republicans and nearly killed Louisiana U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise?

Is this the outcome liberals want? If not, they should stop fanning the flames of hate with provocative, intrusive actions that they may consider to be justified forms of protest or “resistance,” but which depart radically from any norms of civil discourse and create a heightened danger of deadly political violence.

When Barack Obama was in office, Republicans who didn’t support his left-wing agenda didn’t boot his press secretaries from their restaurants. Nor did they verbally abuse and accost members of his administration over political differences. To the contrary, conservatives strongly support free speech and all citizens’ right to vote for whomever they please.

It’s high time liberals did the same and start practicing the tolerance they preach.

Before another American gets hurt.

About Adriana Cohen

Adriana Cohen is host of the “Adriana Cohen Show” heard Wednesdays at noon on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.