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Steve Bannon the latest Republican to be harrassed in public

The owner of a Virginia bookstore had to call the police after a woman started shouting profanities at former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday afternoon.

Published: July 9, 2018, 11:59 am

    The woman allegedly also called Bannon “a piece of trash”. She refused to leave Black Swan Books until the owner, Nick Cooke, summoned the police.

    “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 local paper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    “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 said.

    Leftists meanwhile started the hashtag BoycottBlackSwanBooks to show their support for the woman who harassed Bannon. Former longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Saturday even posted the personal information of the bookstore owner, potentially encouraging and exposing his business and the owner to harassment.

    Social media users slammed Reines for sharing the information, calling it “irresponsible” and “one step too far”. One tweeted: “That you are calling for a public beatdown of this place by posting all of their info is disgraceful.”

    Bannon is yet another Republican added to the long list of Trump associates who have been verbally harassed in public, after a Democratic Congresswoman urged her party surrogates to attack Republicans.

    Earlier on Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was confronted with protesters screaming at him as he left a Kentucky restaurant.

    White House senior advisor Stephen Miller, former EPA head Scott Pruitt, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have had similar experiences in public.

    Another in a string of attacks against the administration and its allies making headlines on Friday, was a man from Long Island being arrested for threatening to kill supporters of President Donald Trump and Republican Representative Lee Zeldin – just missing a Zeldin campaign staffer with his car, according to Suffolk County police.

    He threatened to kill a campaign worker, as well as other Zeldin and Trump supporters – then “backed his car up in an aggressive manner nearly striking the worker,” according to authorities.

    Martin Astrof fled the scene but was arrested at his home Friday afternoon.

    Violence and threats of violence against elected Republicans, their staffers, Republican organisations, or prominent conservative figures have been ongoing. The list of attacks against everyday conservative-leaning citizens is even longer.

    The grand total is nearly 30 politically-motivated violent incidents on conservatives in just over a year — an average of more than two per month — all committed by angry liberals.


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