Virginia Bookstore Owner Calls Cops on Woman Who Berated Steve Bannon [UPDATED]

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The owner of Black Swan Books in Richmond, VA, called police on Saturday on a woman who confronted former White House strategist and Trump Muslim ban architect Steve Bannon while inside the store.


The unidentified woman reportedly called Bannon a “piece of trash,” according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The store’s owner, Nick Cooke, said he had asked the woman to leave and she wouldn’t, so he called the cops. “Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business. I asked her to leave, and she wouldn’t,” Cooke told the newspaper.

Cooke would not say if he has a personal relationship with Bannon, but unconfirmed reports on Twitter suggested that the two are friends. (Note: Cooke has since posted a message to the store’s website saying he strongly disagrees with Bannon’s political views. See update below.)

Almost immediately after word of the incident spread, Twitter users began calling for a boycott of the bookstore.


Others encouraged Bannon and fellow racists and xenophobes in the Trump administration to “stay out of bookstores and Mexican restaurants,” among other things.


This woman actually threatened to shoot anyone who “decides to threaten my mom in person because she supports @realDonaldTrump”:


The incident with Bannon occurred the same day that protesters in Louisville, KY, yelled at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he left a lunch with the state’s outgoing House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell. “Where are the babies?” demonstrators shouted at McConnell before he dashed into a private vehicle and was driven away.

So far, President Trump hasn’t tweeted about either incident, but it wouldn’t be out of character for him to do so—after he hears about it on Fox News, that is.


Update: In a message posted to the store’s website, owner Nick Cooke said he strongly disagrees with Bannon’s political views.

The message stated:

On Saturday, July 7 2018, a person entered Black Swan Books and repeatedly shouted obscenities at a customer, Steve Bannon. While I personally disagree strongly with Mr. Bannon’s political views, I will not allow someone to shout obscenities at any customer in our bookstore. I certainly regret that some are upset or offended. I did my best to deal with an unexpected and difficult situation.

Weekend Editor, Splinter