On Saturday, a female customer at Black Swan Books in Richmond, Virginia, spotted former Trump staffer Steve Bannon browsing the aisles. Bannon, an inveterate book-buyer, is apparently a frequent client at the store. This female customer decided her time had come for 15 minutes of fame, and proceeded to begin berating Bannon, calling him a “piece of trash.” The owner of the store, Nick Cooke, promptly told her that if she didn’t leave, he’d call the police.
He explained, “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.”
But it wasn’t the end of the story.
Instead, Leftists on Twitter decided it was time to ruin Cooke’s life and reputation for the sin of preventing the abuse of one of his customers.
Thus, Rafael Shuminov, a self-described “techie political artist,” began tracking down dirt on Cooke:
The owner of Black Swan Books, (Nicholas Trout Cooke, III) who was very concerned about making Steve Bannon comfortable, was a Episcopal priest whose wife Ellen Cooke resigned as national Episcopal treasurer after stealing $2.2 million in church donations https://t.co/SgdoaqTRLC— Rafael 🔥 (@rafaelshimunov) 8 de julho de 2018
Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books in Richmond (capital city of Confederacy) wants everyone to know his store is a safe place for #fascism.#NickCooke won’t tolerate anyone calling out white supremacy - even after the fatal #AltRight march in #cville!— Bob Brigham (@BobBrigham) 9 de julho de 2018
And here’s a TV writer:
This bookstore thinks Steve Bannon should be allowed to shop peacefully. Well it’s gonna be pretty peaceful there when everyone stops shopping at this bookstore. Hey Black Swan Books, maybe don’t piss off the only people that still read. https://t.co/Vs2som7q1S— Todd Masterson (@Toddmasterson) 9 de julho de 2018
And then there’s Hillary Clinton advisor Philippe Reines, who tweeted out the store’s address, phone number, and email address. Reines then told The Daily Caller, “You have some very fine people on both sides. They may want to contact the store as many did after Sarah Slanders™ was asked by the owner to leave the Red Hen restaurant. For convenience I copied & pasted the store’s ‘Contact Us’ page. Presumably they post their contact information on the World Wide Web in the hopes people contact them. Hence the name ‘Contact Us.’ That’s all. It’s not like I Tweeted Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number.” He added on Twitter, “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.”
Now, I’m no Steve Bannon fan. I’ve made that clear for years. But Cooke was exactly right to toss this woman from the bookshop. You can’t run a business where customers harass other customers. The Left’s decision to make life unlivable for anyone who disagrees is going to backfire in a pretty dramatic way.
Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire, 11-7-2018