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Politics is becoming a minefield for the travel and hospitality business

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On one hand you can argue that Ms. Sanders was in the restaurant in a private capacity and should have the right to a peaceful dinner there.

If she would not staunchly defend the right of businesses to refuse service to gays as the mouthepiece of the president I may even agree. Even if I personally think she's a despicable person and a shameless liar.

Miss Sanders, in a press conference, even supported the right of a business to put up "NO SERVICE FOR GAYS" signs.

Kharma is a bitch and those that sit in glass houses should be really, really careful when throwing stones around or trying to shame a business via official government channels.


"keep everyone happy in the future."
Obviously, when a society is divided you cannot make everyone happy. The good strategy would be to limit public announcements to only really important issues which require a certain stance. But reacting to every step of the current administration will make angry many of Mr Trump supporters and thus negatively influence the business.


This article misses the point, which is that an American President has demeaned his office by resorting to the use of social media for personalised comments. This trivialises politics, and reduces debate to the lowest level. Politicians can be of no use if they do not maintain a distance from day to day life. This does not mean ignore it but it means keep out of it in their professional lives. Trump has accelerated this process and reduced US domestic politics to a banal level where nobody can see clearly anymore what is really going on.