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White House Press Secretary and former Easter bunny Sean Spicer last few Saturdays haven’t been that great. Every week, Melissa McCarthy makes fun of him on Saturday Night Live. And if that weren’t enough, he can’t even go to the Apple Store without being called a fascist dupe.
Last Saturday, a blogger known only as Shree posted this video to her Twitter account:
— Shree ✊🏾❤️🇺🇸 (@shreec) March 11, 2017
As Shree later posted on Medium, she lives in Washington D.C. and sees huge political figures all the time:
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.
As you can see above, she put her money where her mouth was when she saw Spicer in the Apple Store. And, given that Spicer’s blocked much of the press from White House press briefings, there’s not a lot of ways for him to hear opposing views.
Of course — it’s not fun to be confronted while you’re out buying a new gadget. No one wants to be told they’re working for a fascist or ruining America (even if it’s true). But any and all sympathy for Spicer evaporated when he replied with a racist threat: “Such a great country that allows you to be here.”
You’re not wrong to pick up shades of protection rackets in mob movies. “Such a great country that allows you to be here… it’d be a shame if something were to happen to it.” “Boy, this freedom is great… but you know the thing about freedom is that it can… suddenly go away. If you catch my meaning.”
In case you didn’t notice from her photograph, Shree is Indian-American and we’re pretty sure Spicer wouldn’t have said America “allows” her to “be here” were she a white woman. And, of course, it should be noted — Shree was born in America:
I was not polite. But when does being impolite mean that I should be thrown out of the United States of America? The country I was born in, the country I was raised in, the country I love despite its flaws.