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Sean Spicer heckled, called ‘piece of garbage’ in NYC on book tour

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Former
White House press secretary Sean Spicer is on tour promoting his
new memoir about his time in the White House

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  • Former White House press secretary was heckled and
    called a “piece of garbage” at a reading and signing for his
    new memoir at a New York City Barnes & Noble book store on
    Wednesday. 
  • “You lied as press secretary. Now you’re lying in your
    book,” the heckler shouted before being escorted out by
    security.
  • Earlier the week, an ABC White House correspondent
    wrote a scathing review of the book in The Wall Street Journal,
    and Spicer was accused by a BBC host of “corrupting discourse
    for the entire world.”

It’s been a rough week for former White House press secretary
Sean Spicer and his media blitz to promote his new memoir
“The Briefing: Politics, Power,
and President,”
about his time in the Trump administration.

Spicer was heckled and called “a piece of garbage” by a
disgruntled attendee at a reading and signing of his book at a
New York City Barnes & Noble book store on Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan
Karl published a scathingly negative review of
the book in The Wall Street Journal, followed by BBC host
Emily Maitlis charging Spicer
with “corrupting discourse for the entire world by going along
with [Trump’s] lies.” 

A video posted to Twitter by ThinkProgress reporter Aaron Rupar
shows a man at the July 25 event shouting at Spicer before being
escorted out of the Union Square Barnes & Noble by security.

“Hey Sean you’re a real piece of garbage and I hope you look
around and see all these empty seats,” the man yelled. “And I
hope you realize even in New York City people will not come and
pay to hear you speak.”

According to Barnes & Noble’s website, people who bought the book
were given wristbands for free admission to the reading on a
first-come-first-serve basis on the day of the event. But some of
the private events and signings
for Spicer’s book have cost a minimum of as much as $250 per
person.

“It’s a garbage book and you’re a garbage person,” the attendee
shouted as he was being kicked out by a security guard. “You lied
as press secretary. Now you’re lying in your book.”

Spicer’s turbulent six months in the job was marked with a number
of false statements made from the podium, most famously about the
crowd size at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and his
often contentious relationship with the press.

In his review, Karl said the
memoir was “much like his tenure as press secretary: short,
littered with inaccuracies and offering up one consistent theme:
Mr. Trump can do no wrong.” 

According to Regency Publishing, the
publisher of the memoir, Spicer has completed three out 43
scheduled book readings, signings, and other promotional
events. 

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