Former White House staffer Steve Bannon was accosted Saturday by a screaming leftist inside a Richmond, Virginia bookstore.
“Piece of trash,” the unidentified woman yelled.
Nick Cooke, the owner of Black Swan Books, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he called the police after the woman refused to leave.
“Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business. I asked her to leave, and she wouldn’t. And I said, ‘I’m going to call the police if you don’t,’ and I went to call the police and she left,” Cooke told the newspaper. “And that’s the end of the story.”
The woman was apparently following the mandate issued by Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin and Rep. Maxine Waters — to target Trump supporters at grocery stores, gas stations, shopping malls and apparently book shops.
“We are a bookshop. Bookshops are all about ideas and tolerating different opinions and not about verbally assaulting somebody, which is what was happening,” Cooke told the Times-Dispatch.
Mr. Cooke’s valiant attempt at civility was met with a deluge of hate from leftists — including Philippe Reines, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton. Reines posted the address and telephone number of the book shop. He denied he was encouraging his followers to cause any harm.
“I’m providing a service to the public by providing the contact information the bookstore posted on their website – presumably with the hope of being contacted,” Reines wrote on Twitter. “I presented facts [without] encouraging any behavior.”
A woman saw Steve Bannon in a VA book store. She took the opportunity to call him a “piece of trash.”
Nick Cooke, the owner of Black Swan Books, called the police.
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) July 8, 2018
The book shop’s Facebook page was filled with nasty messages condemning the owner from stopping the harassment of Bannon:
- “Your stance of “welcoming” Nazis in “challenging times” does not really separate you. All Nazis should be called out repeatedly and run underground. It should not be acceptable for them to go about every day life as though they are ordinary. Steve Bannon is basically one of their leaders. He is horrific in and of himself, outside of any Trump connection.”
- “Steve Bannon is a white supremacist who is destroying our country and has already contributed to an atmosphere in this country that has killed multiple people.”
- “I guess you’re okay with FASCISM, Nick Cooke. It’s okay. Turn a blind eye. Wrong way to go.”