RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia bookstore owner called police Saturday after Steve Bannon was confronted by a woman who called the former White House aide a “piece of trash,” The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books, told the newspaper that Bannon was in his store when the woman confronted him. Cooke said he called 911 and the woman left.
“Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business. I asked her to leave, and she wouldn’t,” Cooke told the Times-Dispatch. “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 said. “And that’s the end of the story.”
Bannon, a Richmond native who was President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, is the latest former or current member of Trump’s administration to be confronted by the public or by activists, Newsweek reported.
On June 20, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted by demonstrators at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. On June 22, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, by the eatery’s owner.
On Monday, a woman and her 2-year-old son confronted Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt in a Washington restaurant. Pruitt resigned from his position Thursday, Newsweek reported.
The Richmond Police Department confirmed a call was made around 3:15 p.m. Saturday for a report of someone yelling at a political figure in the bookstore, adding that the call was canceled before officers could respond, the Times-Dispatch reported.
“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 newspaper.
Woman: Steve Bannon, you’re a piece of trash!— Purify🗣 (@Purify_toast17) July 8, 2018
Bookstore Owner: We are a bookstore! We tolerate different ideas!
Also Bookstore Owner: *calls police on woman to have her removed because she expressed her different ideas*
A woman peacefully confronted Steve Bannon at Black Swan Books in Richmond, Virginia. The owner of the store called the cops on her. Siding with a white supremacist like Bannon is a terrible business model. I predict Black Swan Books will be out of business soon.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) July 8, 2018
A Bookshop owner literally called the police after a customer called Steve Bannon 'a piece of trash' in the store— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) July 8, 2018
If you think Steve Bannon is a 'piece of trash' don't go to Black Swan Books in Richmond VA.
Oh, and Steve Bannon is a piece of frozen trash...
A TRASH SNOWFLAKE!
Black Swan Books was one of my favorite local, independent bookstores ... until they defended Steve Bannon and turned the store into a safe space for white nationalists. Bad move, Black Swan. You are now blacklisted. pic.twitter.com/hy5WHbx5Ox— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) July 8, 2018
What was Steve Bannon even doing in a bookstore? He already owns a dozen copies of Mein Kampf.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 8, 2018
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