Former Hillary Clinton adviser Philippe Reines on Saturday posted the address and contact information of a Virginia bookstore on Twitter after the storeowner called the police on a customer who insisted on harassing former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Richmond, Virginia bookstore owner Nick Cooke called the police on Saturday after a woman verbally accosted Bannon and then refused to leave the store, Cooke said. The woman reportedly called Bannon a “piece of trash” before Cooke asked her to leave. (RELATED: New Normal: Trump Allies Face Harassment, Protests Anywhere They Show Their Faces)
“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.
Reines responded by tweeting out the address, phone number and email address for Cooke’s Store, Black Swan Books.
The former Clinton adviser later claimed his late night tweet wasn’t meant to encourage harassment of the storeowner.
“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,” Reines wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “I presented facts [without] encouraging any behavior.” (RELATED: Former Hillary Clinton Staffer Launches Bizarre Sex Attack On Don Jr.)
Reines did not return an email seeking comment.
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