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.
‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies
The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.
"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.
"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."
‘Our police are protecting Nazis’: Detroit cops criticized for ‘marching’ with Nazis at Pride event
Members of the Detroit Police Department are being criticized for accompanying a group of self-described Nazis over the weekend at the city's Pride parade.
Activists reacted in alarm on Saturday after being informed that the Nazi group had been given a permit to protest at the Pride event. According to The Detroit News, police were assigned "to keep the protesters and attendees apart as they marched through the festival."
"Our police, when they should be protecting us, are protecting Nazis," one protester could be heard complaining in a video on Twitter.
Video catches white couple getting butt kicking on freeway after calling Latino family ‘beaners’
A fight broke out on highway 118 in California after a white couple allegedly called a Latino family "beaners."
According to a Twitter user with the handle @PattyMonstercx, her parents were cut off in traffic by the white couple.
An included video shows the white couple getting out of their SUV to confront Patty's family. A fight soon breaks out, which the white couple appears to lose.
Members of the Latino family can be heard calling 911 emergency services before the video ends.
Read the tweets and watch the video below.
Here’s a video of my parents fucking up an ugly ass racist couple who were trying to cut my parents off, and referred to my parents as “beaners” on the off ramp of the 118 today pic.twitter.com/W7wgRpgbXy