Minnesota state senator tells ‘whining government officials' they should be approachable in public
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A Minnesota state senator this week schooled "whining government officials" on being approached in public.

“I’ve been in public office for almost eight years,” state Sen. Matt Little tweeted on Wednesday. “If I’m out in public eating lunch or having dinner, you have every right to come up to me and tell me what you think. That’s how public service works.”

Little, a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Famer-Labor Party, added that he was directing the tweet at “any whining government officials.”

Little added that his constituents even know where he eats breakfast.

Little is a former city council member and mayor of Lakeville. He was elected to the Minnesota state Senate in 2016.

His dig comes during a nationwide debate about civility in politics and after several members of the Trump administration were confronted by protesters in public.


A woman publicly confronted now-former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt while he was eating lunch on Monday and urged him to resign.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family were asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., because Sanders had defended Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military members.

A protester interrupted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenImmigrant advocacy groups seek restraining order to block Trump asylum policy The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration 2,000 asylum seekers return home, decide to stay in Mexico: report MORE’s dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., heckling her over the administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller was called a fascist by a protester while dining at another Mexican restaurant in D.C. 

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersPrivate insurance plays a critical part in home mortgage ecosystem On The Money: Lawmakers closing in on border deal | Dems build case for Trump tax returns | Trump, Xi won't meet before trade deadline | Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony on lifting of sanctions on Russian firms MORE (D-Calif.) was met with backlash when she called on her supporters to continue confronting Trump Cabinet officials in public spaces.

"I have no sympathy for these people that are in this administration who know it is wrong what they're doing on so many fronts but they tend to not want to confront this president," Waters said at a Los Angeles rally late last month.

Trump responded to Waters by telling her to be careful what she wishes for, and suggesting she was calling for "harm to supporters."

"Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiWhy Omar’s views are dangerous Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot MORE, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!" the president said in a tweet.