BET: Resist urge to respond when political foes attack

BET: Resist 'eye for an eye' attacks in political arguments
(SOURCE: KTRE News Staff)
(SOURCE: KTRE News Staff)

(KLTV) - The recent events involving White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, where she and her family were refused service and asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia, is a great example of how the hatred and rhetoric surrounding Donald Trump continues to escalate.

It is also a good example of how Trump should let these attacks play out with the probable outcome working to his advantage. Sanders was refused service because of her connection to Trump. Congresswoman Maxine Waters from California decided she needed to weigh in and actually fanned the flames, briefly. Waters stated that Trump cabinet members should be harassed in public.

Thankfully, congressional democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stepped in to rescue civility. The President tweeted about the restaurant and representative Waters but his tweets were, for once, not the headline.

This experience again is one that we can all learn from. Let the attackers attack and then burn their own bridges. Representative Waters was on a downhill slide on this one before the president weigh in and his tweets may have actually slowed her slide. Without his response, she would have been in a freefall.

When anyone's enemies attack, we need to resist the urge to respond with an eye for an eye approach, especially when the ridiculous factor is present as it was here. Great things are happening in America and there are also great struggles that need resolution. Neither condition is positively influenced by rhetoric from any side or harassment. We can all work to have debate and discussions not end in scorched earth and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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