A woman branded President Trump’s press secretary a ‘fascist’ after a heated exchange caught on camera in an Apple store.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer was accosted by Shree Chauhan as he was shopping, asking: “How does it feel to work for a fascist?”
The awkward confrontation, which has been posted online, has also led to Indian-American Chauhan accusing Spicer of racism after he replied: “It’s such a great country that allows you to be here.”
The clip begins with the US-born 33-year-old asking Spicer the question.
After an embarrassed Spicer mumbles that “we have a great country”, she replies: “Have you helped with the Russia stuff? 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?”
Spicer then replies: “It’s such a great country that allows you to be here.”
In a blog post , Chauhan wrote she is an American citizen who was born and raised in the United States.
She said she was “stunned” by the press secretary’s comment, writing: “That is racism and it is an implied threat.
“Think about the sheer audacity of Mr Spicer to say that to my face with a smile, knowing that he that he is being recorded on video and the position of power he holds in our government.”
Chauhan acknowledged she was “impolite” in her comments to the Trump aide.
But she said she wanted to seize the “enormous opportunity… to get answers without the protections normally given to Mr Spicer”.
The 33-year-old, who works for a non-profit organisation which helps families in the US capital, said she has feared for her safety following Trump’s election win in November.
She added: “I’m a daughter of immigrants. My parents came to this country because they believed in what America is all about.”
She called Trump’s alleged ties to Vladimir Putin’s Russia “bigger than Watergate”.
Spicer has been criticised for a number of inaccurate statements since he started the role at the turn of the year.
He infamously declared that the size of the crowd for Trump’s inauguration on January 20 was the biggest in history – a statement which was quickly proved to be false.
Chauhan has been attacked online since posting the video, with critics branding her “vile” and accusing her of harassment.
But she has hit back at her online critics, writing on Twitter: “I have clear feelings for the man who is a fascist’s spokesperson. Nazis weren’t stopped with niceties.”
Spicer does not appear to have commented on the incident.