Sean Spicer had an awkward moment in New York City Wednesday night during a talk at Barnes and Noble promoting his new book, “The Briefing,” which chronicled his time as White House press secretary.
At one moment during the event, an unnamed protester shot up from his chair and heckled Spicer, which elicited loud boos from the audience.
Video of the incident first brought to attention by ThinkProgress’s Aaron Rupar.
“Hey Sean, you’re a real piece of garbage and I hope you look around and see all these empty seats,” said the man. “And I hope you realize in even in New York City, people will not come and pay money to hear you speak.”
“It’s a garbage book and you’re a garbage person,” the man added as he was led away. “You lied as press secretary, now you’re lying in your books. I’ve read the reviews! The Wall Street Journal called you a liar.“
Spicer, however, also had his defenders in the crowd. The Outburst sparked boos, with one person angrily telling the protester to “get the f— out.”
While book sales have slagged, Spicer’s book tour has been making news. On Monday, the ex-press secretary famous for lying about the size of President Trump’s inaugural crowd size told the BBC he was often “lonely” in the job. In another interview on BBC, he was harshly rebuked by anchor Emily Maitlis.
“You have corrupted discourse for the entire world by going along with these lies,” said Maitlis. “You joked about it when you presented the Emmy awards, but it wasn’t a joke. It was the start of the most corrosive culture.”