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Steve Bannon Accosted While Book Shopping; Owner Called Police

A bookstore owner in Richmond, Virginia said that there was recently an incident in her store, and she called the police. The owner says former Trump White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was browsing the shelves when a woman approached him and began slinging insults. The woman was asked to leave, and the owner ended up calling police.

Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books, said a customer became incensed when she stumbled upon the former aide to President Donald Trump. Bannon was just in the store to shop for books, but the woman decided to confront him.

The unnamed woman began yelling at the former conservative media executive and political figure, calling him a 'piece of trash'.

The owner of the shop quickly rushed to try and contain the situation before it got out of control. He defended Bannon's right to be there, and asked the ranting woman to leave the shop.

“Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business,” Cooke said. “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. And that’s the end of the story.”

The owner says the decision to ask the irate woman to leave had nothing to do with politics. “We are a bookshop,” he said. “Bookshops are all about ideas and tolerating different opinions and not about verbally assaulting somebody, which is what was happening.”

The sentiment seems to be going against what many feel is a justified anger against right wing politics. Trump's aide, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was thrown out of a restaurant in Virginia last month because the owner and staff voted that they didn't want to serve her on 'moral grounds'.

Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt was sitting down eating lunch when a woman approached him and asked to resign.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted by angry protesters while dining at a Mexican restaurant, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was accosted this past weekend as he left a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. The protesters threatened that they knew where he lived.

Just supporting Trump is enough to get a person thrown out of a place, it seems. A New Hampshire electronics store says their new policy is refusing to service Republicans and Trump voters. A judge ruled in New York City that a bar owner was well within his rights when he threw out a man for wearing a Make America Great Again hat.

A former Hillary Clinton aide was later slammed for tweeting the address of the book shop. "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. I presented facts w/o encouraging any behavior," wrote Philippe Reines. "I’d point out [though] it’s possible this woman stopped a book burning."

People didn't buy Reines claim that he was 'just providing facts'.

"If there's a confrontation in your store, you call the police so that it either stops the confrontation from escalating or it gets something with authority to make sure it ends," noted one person, backing Cooke.
“That you are calling for a public beatdown of this place by posting all of their info is disgraceful.”

"You intended to post that book store owners name and address hoping to cause him trouble. But, dare I say you more than likely brought him some business," noted another person.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Gage Skidmore, You Tube

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