A black man yelled at former White Home press secretary Sean Spicer in a bookstore and accused Spicer of calling him a racial slur once they have been college students at a prep faculty many years in the past.
Spicer was “bowled over” by the person’s “outrageous declare” and had no recollection of him or of being at school with him, his publicist stated on Saturday.
Spicer was at a ebook signing in Middletown on Friday to advertise his new ebook reflecting on his time on the press podium for President Donald Trump.
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Alex Lombard, who was standing behind a small group of individuals ready in line to fulfill Spicer and get him to signal the ebook, referred to as out Spicer’s title and stated they went to Portsmouth Abbey College collectively. Spicer waved to him and stated, “Hey. Yeah. How are you?”
Lombard, a Newport native who now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then accused Spicer of calling him the N-word and making an attempt to combat him once they have been at college.
“You don’t keep in mind that you tried to combat me?” Lombard requested. “However you referred to as me a (N-word) first.”
A safety guard approached Lombard and led him away as he stored speaking: “I used to be 14 then. I used to be a scared child then, Sean. I’m not scared to combat you now.”
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The Windfall Journal reported Saturday that Lombard stated he was a member of Portsmouth Abbey’s class of 1990. It stated Spicer was a member of the category of 1989.
Telephone and electronic mail messages left by The Related Press for the college weren’t instantly returned.
A Newport Day by day Information video of the encounter doesn’t present how Spicer, who was seated at a desk signing books, reacted to being accused of utilizing the racial slur. However his publicist stated he was shocked by the allegation.
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Spicer “can’t recall any incident like this occurring” and was “unsure if this was only a stunt this man was pulling,” Regnery Publishing publicist Lauren McCue stated.
She stated Spicer has been within the information quite a bit the final couple of years and it was “a really odd time” for an accusation like this to be made.
Spicer has been selling “The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President,” which simply got here out. The ebook paints a rosy if typically thorny image of Trump, describing him as “a unicorn, driving a unicorn over a rainbow” and a person to whom the common guidelines of politics don’t apply.