Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Steve Bannon called 'piece of trash' in Richmond bookstore - police called

Steve Bannon called 'piece of trash' in Richmond bookstore - police called

A bookstore owner in Richmond, Virginia said he called police after a woman confronted and abused former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in his store.

"I asked her to leave, and she wouldn't", Cooke told the paper.

The bookstore owner declined to say if he has a personal relationship with Bannon.

Nick Cooke, the owner of the independent book store, called 911 but the woman left the store before cops could arrive. When she did not, he threatened to call police.

The Richmond police department told the Times-Dispatch that they received a call around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

In any case, the jolt of incivility likely came as a shock to Bannon, who is recently back from the refined salons of Europe, where he spent several weeks rubbing elbows with some of his favorite quasi-fascists.

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Bannon was appointed to the Trump cabinet a year ago on Inauguration Day, and he left office on August 18, 2017, just days after the deadly neo-Nazi attack in Charlottesville, Va.

Bannon grew up in Richmond, the newspaper noted. "We provide [detained pregnant women] with prenatal care, we provide them separate housing, we provide them specialists, we will take them to appointments if they need to go somewhere else, we provide them counseling", said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in May.

It could have been much worse, after Democrats, namely Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., have called for protesters to "absolutely harass" those connected to President Donald Trump's White House. The owner of a Virginia restaurant refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last month.

Cooke told the Times-Dispatch why he asked the woman to leave. "Bookshops are all about ideas and tolerating different opinions and not about verbally assaulting somebody, which is what was happening", Cooke said.

Black Swan Books did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request to comment.

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