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Bookstore Owner Dials 911 on Woman Who Called Steve Bannon "Trash"

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The far-right former White House is the latest person associated with Donald Trump or the administration to be checked in public. 

Former White House aide Steve Bannon, who hails from Richmond, Va., is the latest person associated with the Trump Administration to be called out in a public space when a woman in a bookstore in his hometown called him a "piece of trash" to his face on Saturday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The owner of Black Swan Books called 911 on the woman who called the former head of the far-right Breitbart News Bannon "trash" as he perused the shelves.

"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," said bookstore owner Nick Cooke.

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

Police in Richmond confirmed that a 911 call was made from Black Swan Books to report "someone yelling at a political figure" but the call was canceled before authorities arrived, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The tactic of confronting Trump staffers in public ramped up in recent weeks with the news that the administration had forcibly separated migrant parents and children at the border only to lock the kids up in what amount to cages.

In the past few weeks, protesters verbally slammed Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who had the audacity to dine out at a Mexican restaurant as she defended the administration's zero tolerance policy on immigration that ripped parents and children from one another. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia where several of the LGBT staff members said they were not comfortable serving her. A mother approached embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt at a D.C.-area restaurant last week and told him to resign. He resigned two days later.

California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters came under fire from the right and the left when she recently called for people to confront Trump's cabinet members and staffers in public over their support of the administration's cruel immigration policy.

"Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd," Waters said. "And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere. We've got to get the children connected to their parents."

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.