Bookstore owner calls 911 when customer confronts Bannon

VIT SIMANEK  ALAMY

VIT SIMANEK ALAMY

Steve Bannon - former chief strategist for President Donald Trump - was "minding his own business" while browsing in a Virginia bookstore Saturday when a woman confronted Bannon and called him a "piece of trash", the bookstore owner told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "I asked [the woman confronting Bannon] to leave, and she wouldn't". And now some on the left have blasted the store owner for calling police on the woman. When she did not, he threatened to call police. She did so only after he called police.

The Richmond Police Department confirmed a "report of someone yelling at a political figure" at about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Times-Dispatch. Yet in a disturbing investigation published Monday, BuzzFeed News has found that to not be the case, detailing the stories of several women who say they were ignored, roughly handled, shackled around the belly, and denied urgent medical care - even as they were miscarrying their children.

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.

A native of Richmond, Bannon's love of books is well known, and he has been described as "the most well-read person in Washington".

"We are a bookshop", Cooke said. "Bookshops are all about ideas and tolerating different opinions and not about verbally assaulting somebody, which is what was happening", he added.

Amid the administration's controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy, protesters heckled Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she ate at a Mexican restaurant.

The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, because she works for Trump.

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