ABC's Meghan McCain on Thursday questioned the decision of Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerPsaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle Conway and Spicer fire back at White House over board resignation requests MORE to conduct a book signing event in New York City, saying that "Republicans are not welcome here right now," including herself as someone who would "probably get kicked out of the bookstore" if she tried a similar event.
Spicer would need to be "fine being heckled" to do an event in the deep-blue city, she said on ABC's "The View."
“I think there’s a lot of anti-Trump sentiment and people will get heckled here," the co-host said of New York City. "If you’re fine being heckled, great. It makes me uncomfortable.”
The perspective comes as Spicer kicked off his book tour this week to promote "The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and The President," which recounts his tumultuous seven-month run as President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE's first White House press secretary.
On Wednesday night, Spicer was heckled at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York, a city that voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE by 79 percent in 2016 to Trump's 19 percent.
A source in Brooklyn sent me this video of Sean Spicer getting heckled at a book signing in NYC tonight pic.twitter.com/gDHLL95zui— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 26, 2018
During the appearance, a heckler is seen on a camera phone yelling at Spicer, saying, "It's a garbage book and you're a garbage human," among other things, before being escorted out by security.
“Who is doing [Spicer's] media?” McCain asked rhetorically.
“I wouldn’t do a book signing in New York City. I’d probably be kicked out of the bookstore," she continued.
“Republicans are not welcome here right now,” McCain added. “In a lot of different ways. What did you expect is going to happen?"
SEAN SPICER GRILLED BY REPORTER, HECKLED AT EVENT: The former White House press secretary is facing harsh criticism as he sets out to promote his new book — but is it fair? The co-hosts discuss. https://t.co/PL9v3BI487 pic.twitter.com/dpdvUCLHMa— The View (@TheView) July 26, 2018
Spicer, 46, often sparred with the press during his tenure in the James S. Brady Briefing Room at the White House.
"Saturday Night Live" created a recurring skit starring actress Melissa McCarthy as Spicer, which quickly went viral with McCarthy winning an Emmy Award for the portrayal.
Spicer resigned as White House press secretary on July 21, 2017. Sarah Huckabee Sanders took over the role not long thereafter.