The heckler removed from a White House event on Thursday identified herself as an undocumented trans woman who was on hand to demand the release of 75 trans, gay, and lesbian immigrants currently being detained by immigration officials.
“The White House gets to make the decision whether it keeps us safe,” Jennicet Gutiérrez said in a statement emailed to The Raw Story by the LGBT advocacy group GetEQUAL. “There is no pride in how LGBTQ and transgender immigrants are treated in this country. If the President wants to celebrate with us, he should release the LGBTQ immigrants locked up in detention centers immediately.”
The remark was a reference to LGBT Pride Month, which was the focus of President Barack Obama’s remarks at the event before Gutiérrez interrupted him, saying, “Release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations.”
As Vox and other outlets reported, Obama responded by telling her, “No, no, no, no, no. Hey, listen, you’re in my house. You’re not gonna get a good response from me by interrupting me like this.”
As members of the audience jeered the interruption, Obama added, “Shame on you. You shouldn’t be doing this.”
Video of the encounter shows Gutiérrez, who emigrated to the US from Mexico, being taken away from the event while chanting “Not one more deportation” in both English and Spanish.
“As a general rule, I am just fine with a few hecklers,” Obama said. “But not when I’m up in the house. My attitude is, if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres … you know what I’m saying?”
Two years ago, another GetEQUAL member, Ellen Sturtz, interrupted First Lady Michelle Obama during an event, asking her to call on the president to sign an executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Watch Gutiérrez’s encounter with Obama, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
Kellyanne Conway: It’s unconstitutional for Democrats to ’embarrass this president’ with impeachment
White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Sunday insisted that Democrats do not have a "constitutional basis" to embarrass President Donald Trump by conducting an impeachment inquiry.
Conway made the remarks while speaking to FOX News Sunday guest host Bill Hemmer.
"Complete nonsense," she said when asked about the impeachment proceedings. "They need to get a messaging meeting and they need to read the constitution of the Democratic Party."
"Americans, the Congress, they work for you," Conway continued, talking over the FOX host. "And they're wasting your money and your time trying to impeach a president where there are no high crimes and misdemeanors."
Trump discourages black college students from becoming astronauts in bizarre anti-science rant
President Donald Trump went off-script and attacked astronauts as a career choice at an event for Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).
The president made the anti-science rant while congratulating his administrations work with HBCUs.
"To give just a few examples, NASA is expanding outreach to HBCUs who want to become scientists, engineers and even astronauts," Trump said.
"I don't know about the astronaut," he added, breaking from prepared remarks. "I don't want to be an astronaut."
Trump then polled the audience: "Does anybody want to be an astronaut? I see one. There's one brave person."
‘Whiteness is a helluva drug’: NFL team hammered for giving black kid lawnmower instead of scholarship
An NFL team came under fire over the weekend after it gave an African-American child a lawnmower to help him save for college.
In a video post to Twitter over the weekend, the Carolina Panthers explained that 12-year-old Jaylin Clyburn is spending his summers mowing lawns to save for college.
"We needed his expertise so we brought him to Charlotte," the video says while Clyburn is seen pushing his lawnmore outside the team's footbal stadium.
A team official tells Clyburn that Lowe's has donated a new lawnmower on behalf of the Panthers.
Before the video ends, the 12-year-old is made "an official member" of the team's grounds crew.