Shree Chauhan, 33, challenged White House press secretary Sean Spicer while he was shopping at an Apple electronics store. She trolled him by asking, "How does it feel to work for a fascist?" in a reference to President Donald Trump. Spicer responded, "It's such a great country that allows you to be here."

Chauhan recorded the incident and posted it online. Her post has drawn more than 300,000 views since Saturday. The video recorded Spicer’s initial response when he said, "We have a great country." Chauhan pressed on, "Have you helped with the Russia stuff - are you a criminal as well? Have you committed treason, too, just like the president?"

When Spicer went on to say, "It's such a great country that allows you to be here," Chauhan pressed on: "What can you tell me about Russia, Mr Secretary?" Spicer said "Thank you very much," while walking away. Chauhan persisted, saying "You know you work for a fascist, right?"

Chauhan later posted on a blog that she was born and raised in the United States, while accusing Spicer of racism. Writing that she was "stunned" by Spicer’s remarks, she wrote "That is racism and it is an implied threat. Think about the sheer audacity of MrSpicer 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 that she was “impolite” in her comments to Spicer. She is the child of immigrants to the US.

However, she wrote that she seized the "enormous opportunity... to get answers without the protections normally given to Mr Spicer." Her video inspired criticism, to which she replied, "I have clear feelings for the man who is a fascist's spokesperson. Nazis weren't stopped with niceties."

In a column on Medium.com, Chauhan wrote, “From very early on, I knew that Donald J. Trump was dangerous for America and had fascist tendencies. His views on people of color, immigrants and Muslims are abhorrent. His actions against women are despicable. His willful disregard for our Constitutional rights is well, fascist.”
 
Chauhan is “the Founder and CEO of Parents in Partnership, an education startup organization that empowers parents to lead positive changes in schools and communities.” According to the nonprofit Teach for America, Chauhan "worked for the U.S. Department of Education, in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development where she counseled senior leaders, including the Assistant Secretary Martin and Secretary Duncan. She went on to serve in the U.S. Senate for Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) advising on education issues.”
 
Chauhan was also involved in blocking Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a school in Washington DC. One man was arrested at the protest for attempted assault. She tweeted, "We blocked Betsy DeVos at Jefferson Academy. Liked our action? Help fight DeVos' agenda in schools and Congress."


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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