Black Swan Books is under fire after the owner, Nicholas Trout Cooke III, called cops on a woman, who peacefully confronted white nationalist Steve Bannon as a “piece of trash” at the Richmond, Va., store. Um, I might add, a “racist piece of trash.”
“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 Times-Dispatch reports.
Social media landed like a ton of bricks on Cooke and some are dredging up an “possible embezzlement scandal” involving his wife, Ellen Cooke. She resigned as national Episcopal treasurer after the “suspected misuse” of “many thousands of dollars” in church donations in 1995 was uncovered, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Cooke was trying to get the woman locked up for exercising her First Amendment right to free speech. He’s defending his indefensible actions.
Reaction on Twitter:
Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books called the police on a woman who called white supremacist Steve Bannon a "piece of trash".
And if this were 1942 Germany, and a White Rose member had called Joseph Goebbels a "piece of trash" — Nick Cooke would've called the Gestapo. #AMJoy
— Bill Madden (@activist360) July 8, 2018
Steve Bannon was correctly called a “piece of trash” at a bookstore. Bookstores, I remember those!
— Rene Rocha Designs (@NaySpeaks) July 8, 2018
Steve Bannon Trending?
I thought he might have been another dude saying he had shower time, with Jim Jordan!
Nope, he was called trash. Then a white person called the cops!#SteveBannonIsAPieceOfTrash
— Unarmed Black (@UnarmedBlack) July 8, 2018
#Breaking The owner of the Black Swan Book Store in Richmond, VA called the police on a woman for calling Steve Bannon "trash." Her phone number is 804 353 9476. They have a website and Pages on Twitter and Facebook. Do your thing Twitter. #Resist
— Dr. Elena Mikalsen (@WF_writerEM) July 8, 2018
Black Swan Books was one of my favorite local, independent bookstores … until they defended Steve Bannon and turned the store into a safe space for white nationalists. Bad move, Black Swan. You are now blacklisted. pic.twitter.com/hy5WHbx5Ox
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) July 8, 2018