It was somewhat buried under the story of the socialist protesters who screamed at Mitch McConnell in Louisville over the weekend, but the Senate Majority Leader wasn’t the only one who had the deal with unhinged leftists invading his personal space.
In Richmond, Virginia, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon was quietly perusing the shelves at Black Swan Bookstore when a crazed leftist began yelling at him, calling him a “piece of trash,” and generally making a nuisance of herself. The bookstore owner, Nick Cooke, told the woman to leave or he was calling the cops. She refused, and he called the cops as promised. Before they could arrive, however, she hit the skids, and he ultimately canceled the call.
To the media, Cooke said that he had no political skin in the game; he merely wanted to protect one of his customers from harassment.
“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. And that’s the end of the story,” Cooke told the Richmond Dispatch.
Naturally, this act of good entrepreneurship infuriated the left, which has their marching orders from none other than Maxine Waters: They’ve been told to harass and protest ANY Trump-affiliated individual or supporters in ANY public space, and they don’t appreciate any rational-minded Americans getting in their way. So they attacked Cooke on social media, criticizing him for getting involved when one of their own was giving Bannon the old what-for. Apparently these cretins not only believe they are entitled to scream at Trump supporters in public but that their right to harass and bully should be entirely unfettered.
We suppose that’s what longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines was thinking when he posted the story on Twitter, complete with the bookstore owner’s phone number and address.
Not everyone was enamored with Reines’ decision to “dox” Nick Cooke; many on Twitter slammed him as irresponsible and accused him of courting violence.
Reines defended himself, saying it was no big deal.
“I’m providing a service to the public by providing the contact information the bookstore posted on their website – presumably with the hope of being contacted. I presented facts without encouraging any behavior,” he tweeted. “I’d point out through it’s possible this woman stopped a book burning.”
What an idiot.