During the Republican primary, most of Donald Trump’s opponents blamed him for the behavior of some of his supporters at rallies. Marco Rubio’s campaign blamed upper level staff in Ted Cruz’s campaign for “dirty tricks,” and the Cruz campaign’s communications director even resigned to try to stem the accusations.
Throughout the campaign, supporters of Bernie Sanders have shut down rallies of other candidates, and disrupted Democratic state conventions, booing speakers they disagree with. The Nevada Democrats have publicly accused the Sanders campaign of inciting violence, which they of course deny.
However, an interesting anecdote has come to my attention that might shed light on this situation. Before running the Sanders campaign, Jeff Weaver ran a comic book shop in Virginia, and one review of Victory Comic Books made it clear that the reviewer was not a fan. The reviewer claims that Weaver is “evil,” and details his experience with the store.
Wow! I never seen such rudeness or evil spirited person as Jeff Weaver and his staff telling people to go and harass the competition at Anime Pavilion and telling people to go and crank call them. I’ve been here a few times to play in tournaments and what I heard today is the last time I will ever play in this shop. Badmouthing other people and making up stories about their competition shouldn’t be allowed. Telling people that the owner at Anime Pavilion was psychotic and that she was rude was just too much since I go to both places. The owner of Anime Pavilion is a man and She, the manager at Anime Pavilion is the nicest person you will ever meet. Definitely not a good ethical store to visit. I will never go to this place again. I rather go to a small store where the people are nice and real. This man is evil and shouldn’t be allowed to run a customer oriented business.
Running a campaign is probably the definition of a customer-oriented business.
Another reviewer makes his displeasure known as well, writing that:
I went into this store to play Magic today. I overheard the staff and Jeff Weaver, the owner tell their customers to go and harass the competition Anime Pavilion. They were telling people to crank call that store, to post negative stuff on hte internet about them and said very vindictive things that weren’t true. This store is unethical and should not be allowed to run a business. Anime Pavilion has been in business since 1989, so they must be doing something right. The store owner shouldn’t be badmouthing other people just because he can’t get his own customers. To top that off they don’t have a good selection of anything Magic or Yugioh. The store is bland and has no character. This is the last time I will visit this store. Very Rude and very evil vindictive people work here.
Another reviewer came to Victory Comics’s defense, claiming:
As to Anime Pavillion and the report above about sniping between the two stores, this was the first I’ve heard of it. But what I can comment on is my experience–I used to buy comics at Anime, and the owner would berate his staff harshly in front of customers (like, 80% of my visits to store), which was very uncomfortable. The Asian woman who manages comics is very, very nice, but the other employees were a constantly turning-over collection of teens and twenty somethings who the owner would belittle (guessing that’s why they’d leave). I eventually canceled my subscriptions there. YMMV, but that’s my experience
Ultimately, two complaints from reviewers is hardly enough to make a case, and the owner of Anime Pavilion did not respond to requests for comment. However, given the insane amount of attention that was paid to a video of a teenage Ted Cruz talking about taking over the world, this report should be taken no less seriously.
Additional reporting by Michael Sitver