Bookstore Owner Calls the Police After Woman Confronted Steve Bannon

Can’t he peruse racist manifestos in peace? Photo: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Summer 2018 has been the season of current or former Trump administration staffers being confronted by civilians in public settings. Kirstjen Nielsen, Scott Pruitt, Stephen Miller, Elaine Chao, and, in the most high-profile case, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have all felt the wrath of citizen anger in recent weeks.

On Saturday, it was Steve Bannon’s turn.

The frequently three-shirted former chief strategist to President Trump was browsing at Black Swan Books, an independent bookstore in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, when a fellow customer approached him and called him a “piece of trash.”

Unlike in other recent cases, though, Bannon appeared to have an ally on the scene.

“Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business. I asked her to leave, and she wouldn’t,” Nick Cooke, the owner of the store, told the Richmond 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. And that’s the end of the story.

“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 continued.

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SOURCE: New York Magazine, Benjamin Hart