Berating Sean Spicer at the Apple store is not progressive
Regarding the March 14 Reliable Source article “Spicer confronted at Apple store” [Style]:
I am appalled by the behavior and policies of the president, and I think White House press secretary Sean Spicer is doing a public disservice, but I’m saddened that we’ve reached a point in which it is acceptable to verbally attack someone in public, make a recording and post it on social media like some trophy.
The confrontation was initiated by a former elementary school teacher who said afterward that she “wanted to speak truth to power” and sought to question Mr. Spicer “since he doesn’t like the press.”
Mr. Spicer maintained his composure and didn’t react with anger after being accused of working for a “fascist” and “committing treason.” He remained polite as he tried to evade the woman. He made a questionable statement about the woman’s immigration status — “Such a great country that allows you to be here” — only after she continued to pursue him, peppering him with accusations.
Launching into unprovoked verbal assaults against politicians and other notables in public (and shutting down controversial speakers on college campuses) is behavior I expect to see from unthinking reactionaries, not from people claiming to hold the same progressive ideals to which I thought I ascribed.
People in the public eye — whether politicians, government officials, actors or authors — deserve a degree of privacy when going about their lives in public.
Stephen Chapman, Washington