On his day off from work, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was harassed by blog columnist Shree Chauhan while shopping at an Apple store on Saturday.
Chauhan captured the confrontation on her camera phone, which she later posted to social media. In the video, Chauhan can be heard asking questions of Spicer, such as “What it is like working for a fascist?” and had he “helped with the Russia stuff?”
Another pointed question she asked Spicer was how he felt “about destroying our country.”
Chauhan went on to ask Spicer if he was a “criminal” and whether he had “committed treason, too, just like the president.”
Spicer, who was simply attempting to shop at the Apple store, remained calm in the face of Chauhan’s confrontation, and universally answered, “We have such a great country that allows you to be here.”
The blog-writer for Medium later scripted her version of the event, claiming Spicer’s answer was implied racism and a threat to her citizenship.
“That is racism and it is an implied threat,” Chauhan said in the post. “I was not polite. But when does being impolite mean that I should be thrown out of the United States of America?”
However, her written post about the encounter was not well received in the comment section.
— Shree ✊🏾❤️🇺🇸 (@shreec) March 11, 2017
President Trump was not happy about it, tweeting Monday morning, “It is amazing how rude much of the media is to my very hard working representatives. Be nice, you will do much better!”
It is amazing how rude much of the media is to my very hard working representatives. Be nice, you will do much better!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2017
Below are screenshots of a few comments, along with the video showing Chauhan ambushing Spicer:
In her blog post, Chauhan attempted to justify her attack, writing:
“As someone that has lived in Washington, D.C. for nearly a decade, it is customary to give public figures their space. I’ve left Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor alone at a grocery store and have done the same for Senator Chuck Grassley on a train.
However, given what Mr. Spicer and his boss are doing to this country, I do not believe they are entitled to these norms and customs. Donald Trump and his Klan are openly trampling on the rule of law, our Constitution and our democracy.”
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