For the second time the book signing event was disrupted by shouting at Spicer
Former White House spokesman Sean Spicer did a book signing in Middleton, Rhode Island this weekend. Plenty of fans showed up to buy his book and have it signed but so did a gaggle of obnoxious leftists. Nothing will be allowed to be enjoyed, if progressives have anything to do with it.
One man even entered the store and accused Spicer of using the “n” word.
Scott Barrett of Newport Daily News reports:
Trump supporters, opponents clash at Spicer book signing | VIDEO
Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump verbally clashed inside and outside Barnes & Noble on Friday evening during a book signing by Rhode Island native Sean Spicer, a former White House press secretary.
Outside, a small group of opponents held signs, one of which simply said “LIAR” in black letters. As Gino Martinelli of Middletown walked by, he said to the group, “Hey, Trump won.” Members of the group and Martinelli went back and forth for a few minutes before Martinelli, wearing a “Re-Elect Trump 2020” hat, retreated to his car. Upon leaving, he said, “And he’ll win again in 2020.”
Inside, things really got contentious as book-carrying people snaked between rows of shelves waiting for their chance to approach Spicer. A man, identified as Alex Lombard, called out Spicer’s name from across the room.
“Sean, I was a day student at [Portsmouth] Abbey, too, with you,” said Lombard, who is African-American. “Don’t you remember? You don’t remember that you tried to fight me? But you called me a (racial epithet) first.”
Here’s the video. STRONG language warning:
One thing you don’t see in the video is Spicer’s response to the racist allegations. WDBO News reported:
A Newport Daily News video of the encounter doesn’t show how Spicer, who was seated at a table signing books, reacted to being accused of using the racial slur. But his publicist said he was shocked by the allegation.
Spicer “can’t recall any incident like this happening” and was “not sure if this was just a stunt this man was pulling,” Regnery Publishing publicist Lauren McCue said.
She said Spicer has been in the news a lot the last couple of years and it was “a very odd time” for an accusation like this to be made.
This is the second time that Spicer’s book tour has attracted anti-Trump protesters.
Sean Spicer had an awkward moment in New York City Wednesday night during a talk at Barnes and Noble promoting his new book, “The Briefing,” which chronicled his time as White House press secretary.
At one moment during the event, an unnamed protester shot up from his chair and heckled Spicer, which elicited loud boos from the audience.
. . . . “Hey Sean, you’re a real piece of garbage and I hope you look around and see all these empty seats,” said the man. “And I hope you realize in even in New York City, people will not come and pay money to hear you speak.”
“It’s a garbage book and you’re a garbage person,” the man added as he was led away. “You lied as press secretary, now you’re lying in your books. I’ve read the reviews! The Wall Street Journal called you a liar.“
Spicer, however, also had his defenders in the crowd. The Outburst sparked boos, with one person angrily telling the protester to “get the f— out.”
This is not unlike the harassment of Sarah Huckabee Sanders and others we’ve witnessed over the last month.
It’s unclear how the left thinks this is going to win them any votes.
Featured image via YouTube.
Spicer had reportedly threatened the AP with legal action.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is threatening to take legal action against The Associated Press over a report from the wire service about an incident on his book tour.
Spicer’s attorney Michael Bowe said in a statement Saturday night that the AP “recklessly republished a categorically false accusation about Sean Spicer.”
“The claim is a lie. Absent an immediate retraction, Mr. Spicer will take legal action Monday,” Bowe said.
The AP report, published Saturday, documented an incident at Spicer’s book signing in Middletown, R.I., on Friday during which a black man claiming to be a former classmate of Spicer’s at Portsmouth Abbey School accused Spicer of using a racial slur.
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