- The Washington Times - Monday, March 13, 2017

A video of a woman confronting White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and calling President Trump a “fascist” inside a D.C. Apple store is going viral.

Shree Chauhan on Saturday posted the Periscope video, now with more than 490,000 views, of herself berating Mr. Spicer and accusing him of destroying the country.

“How do you feel about destroying our country, Sean?” she asked in the video. “How do you feel about that? Do you feel good about the decisions you’re making?

“How does it feel to work for a fascist?” she said.

Mr. Spicer smiled and replied calmly, “We have a great country.”

“You have a great country? Have you helped with the Russia stuff?” Ms. Chauhan asked. “Are you a criminal as well? Have you committed treason, too? Just like the president? Have you committed treason too? What can you tell me about Russia?”

At that point Mr. Spicer looked at Ms. Chauhan and replied, “Such a great country that allows you to be here.”

Ms. Chauhan, who is of Indian descent and was born in America, told the Daily Mail that she considered that comment to be racist.

In a blog post Sunday, she wrote that Mr. Spicer’s remark was an “implied threat” to her citizenship.

“I am still stunned by the boldness of having my citizenship threatened on camera,” she wrote. “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.”

Ms. Chauhan pushed back against criticism that public figures should be afforded some level of privacy in their everyday lives, saying the Trump administration don’t deserve that privilege.

Donald Trump and his Klan are openly trampling on the rule of law, our Constitution and our democracy,” she continued. “I hope my resistance allows others to gain the courage to resist too. If folks are already resisting, I hope it will give them energy to resist harder. If folks have not resisted, I hope it inspires them to get involved.

“These days I am constantly reminding others of their power. Every person in America has power. And together our collective power can end this illegitimate presidency,” she wrote. “My actions are to uncover the systems of oppression as the boils that they are, and use civic engagement to cure our nation of these diseases. That work will never be successful as an independent venture. More people must rise up against the Trump regime before it is too late. I hope that people see this one-minute video and think about how they can get more civically engaged.”

A smiling Mr. Spicer said Monday of the encounter, “It’s a free country.”

“I have interactions with people all day long,” Mr. Spicer said, adding it’s fine with him “as long as they stay on the right side of the First Amendment.”

Dave Boyer contributed to this story.

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