When White House press secretary Sean Spicer went to buy an Apple Watch, he had no idea he was about to be assailed by a social justice warrior with a cell phone camera and no sense of personal space or decency.
However, Spicer came up with a perfect response to the woman, saying that it’s “such a great country that allows you to be here.”
The video was taken by a Twitter user who calls herself Shree. She describes herself as an “Education advocate. Eternal optimist. Art lover. Arc bender. Firenzephile. Feminist. Fearless. Patriot. Slayer.” On the last count, I’m going to assume she’s talking about the band, because as you’ll see in a moment, her primary rhetorical slaying skill is to drown people out.
Although Shree describes her location as “#TheResistance,” she managed to descend to the corporeal realm of Georgetown’s Apple Store this weekend. There, she encountered Mr. Spicer and recorded the ensuing confrontation.
— Shree ✊🏾❤️🇺🇸 (@shreec) March 11, 2017
“How does it feel to work for a fascist? Have you helped with the Russia stuff? Are you a criminal as well? Have you committed treason too, just like the president?” she asked.
Spicer kept his cool, although he did note, “Such a great country that allows you to be here.” Even though his obvious intent was that it allowed her free speech, that remark sent Shree into a bit of a rage spiral.
Also, play the video a few times. Watch how he says that I am "allowed" to be in America. Damning. Utterly damning.
— Shree ✊🏾❤️🇺🇸 (@shreec) March 12, 2017
While Shree got some support, other users were particularly unimpressed.
— Rusty Bradley (@RustyBradley74) March 13, 2017
There’s one simple reason why Spicer’s response was perfect: the mere fact that this individual was able to harass a top government official about being a “fascist” in a store without being arrested — and could later tweet and blog about it endlessly — proves just how misguided and preposterous her “fascist” comment was.
Picture, for a moment, that the Third Reich and Mussolini’s Italy had somehow survived into the social media age. Do you think that ordinary Germans could harass whatever the modern equivalent of Joseph Goebbels was in the Apfel Store and then post the video on Twitter? Do you think they would be celebrated by thousands for doing so?
No, of course not. They wouldn’t have gotten out of the store. Ms. Shree is upset over the word “allowed,” yet she called Spicer a fascist in the complete absence of any kind of fascist behavior.
Yes, I understand that Mr. Spicer doesn’t get along with the liberal media. That is his right, as an American citizen. That is not a sign of fascism. I understand he often gets testy with reporters. That is, again, his right.
The press is not having its rights to free speech abrogated. They aren’t being thrown in jail. Heck, they’re arguably harder on the administration in power than they’ve ever been — and I’m including Nixon here. This is “fascism” to Shree?
In fact, the only sort of aggression we can witness here is the soft suppression of liberal bullying. We’ve chronicled numerous incidents where conservatives’ rights to freedom of speech, expression, and association have been negated by those on the left willing to use intimidation as a weapon.
We see it again here, where Mr. Spicer essentially can’t even shop for a smartwatch without being bullied and harassed by a liberal for his opinions. And what that liberal came away with, after bullying someone on camera, is that he shouldn’t have used the word “allowed.”
That’s where the left is in 2017. And they wonder why Hillary Clinton lost.
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H/T The Hill