President Obama did not allow a Mexican transgender activist from heckling him at a gay pride event at the White House.
On Wednesday during a gay pride event at the White House a Mexican activist tried to heckle President Obama. Obama was giving as speech on same-sex marriages in the East Room; the transgender activist interrupted him by shouting. The activist demanded the release of all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and deportation from the US.
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The heckling annoyed Obama and he showed he is not one to suffer through an interruption. Obama responded usually he is fine with heckling but not when he is in his own house (The White House). Obama further stated heckling him is especially disrespectful since she was invited and she wasn’t going to get a good response from me by interrupting his speech in this way.
The President then seemed to have let it loose by vehemently saying ‘No’ multiple times and stating the activist should be ashamed of her behavior and shouldn’t be doing this. The audience members also joined in and booed and chanted Obama’s name, the President asked the security and agents to escort the heckler out if she does not remain quite.
The Mexican transgender was subsequently removed from the reception and Obama made a quip about his attitude to the laughing crowd in order to lighten up the mood. It seems after eight years in the office the President’s patience has suffered.
The heckler has since been recognized as the Mexican transgender activist by the name of Jennicet Gutiérrez, who is an undocumented immigrant. According to Gutiérrez more than 75 Mexican transgender are currently being detained by the US authorities and exposed to assault and abuse by the Customs and Immigration agencies.
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Watch the president Barack Obama's full remarks here.