Sean Spicer was heckled and called a “real piece of garbage” while promoting his new book about his time as White House press secretary.
Mr Spicer, who served as Donald Trump’s press secretary during the tumultuous early months of his presidency, was yelled at in a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York City on Wednesday.
The heckler can be heard telling Mr Spicer he “lied as press secretary” and is now “lying in [his] book,” The Briefing, which came out on Tuesday.
In footage sent to ThinkProgress, the man, who has requested anonymity, said: “Hey Sean, you’re a real piece of garbage and I hope you look around and you see all these empty seats.
“And you realise in even in New York City, people will not come and pay money to hear you speak.”
His heckle was met by uproar among the audience and he was escorted from the building.
While he was being led away, he continued to shout: “I’ve read the reviews. It’s a garbage book.”
At the end of the video, he added: “It’s a garbage book and you’re a garbage person.
“You lied as press secretary. Now you’re lying in your book.”
The footage emerged as Mr Spicer’s publisher said a book signing at a warehouse store in Massachusetts scheduled for later this week was cancelled “due to the political climate.”
In a statement, Regnery Publishing said the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Seekonk cancelled Mr Spicer’s book signing which was scheduled for Saturday.
Regnery said it learned about the cancellation last Friday and was disappointed and surprised, WPRI-TV reports.
Throughout The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President, Mr Spicer comes across as fawning and in awe of Mr Trump, who he describes as ”calculating and mercurial, charismatic but erratic” and “capable of defeating anyone, including himself.”
“I don’t think we will ever again see a candidate like Donald Trump,” he writes, describing the US president as a one-off in the world of politics.
“His high-wire act is one that few could ever follow. He is a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow.”
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