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Inspired by Michelle Obama, Congolese immigrant climbs Statue of Liberty in anti-Trump protest

Inspired by Michelle Obama, Congolese immigrant climbs Statue of Liberty in anti-Trump protest

Therese Patricia Okoumou has a long history of SJW-based legal entanglements.

An immigrant from the Congo climbed the base the iconic Statue of Liberty during out nation’s Independence Day celebrations, shutting down the landmark for patriotic Americans who were visiting to commemorate July 4th.

When this showboating social justice warrior was arraigned on charges related to this protest against President Donald Trump, she sang the praises of its former First Lady.

An unrepentant activist who scaled the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal to protest President Trump’s immigration policies said after her arraignment Thursday that she was inspired by Michelle Obama’s famous quote.

With the words of the former First Lady ringing in her ears, Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, a Staten Island personal trainer, said she decided to take a Fourth of July immigration protest to the next level by clambering up Lady Liberty’s copper base and refusing to come down. Her one-woman movement caused the temporary shutdown of the statue and Liberty Island.

“Michelle Obama — our beloved First Lady that I care so much about — said, ‘When they go low, we go high,’ and I went as high as I could,” Okoumou, a Congolese immigrant said Thursday outside the Manhattan federal courthouse.

The “White Supremacy is Terrorism” t-shirt is a nice touch, as it really brings out the intolerance in her eyes!

Okoumou has a long history of activist inanity.

According to court records, she’s a Congolese immigrant who once filed a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, seeking a judicial review and reversal of a “determination” it made regarding alleged incidents of abuse that Okoumou suffered at the hands of a social services agency on Staten Island where she worked.

Specifically, Okoumou claimed that in 2005, she was treated “in a demeaning manner” by her bosses and told that she would be fired “for complaining of discrimination.” It’s unclear why her complaint was tossed out.

In 2011, Okoumou made headlines after she was hit with an astounding 60 violations for illegally posting ads for her services as a personal trainer.

The Department of Sanitation slapped her with $4,500 in fines that year after she spent five hours one Sunday posting the fliers on Manhattan utility poles.

In 2017, she was arrested and charged with obstructing governmental administration, unlawful assembly and trespassing during a demonstration at the Department of Labor building on Varick Street. She had allegedly covered her mouth with tape and refused to respond to police demands.

Her nation of origin has been in the news of late, so I thought it might be worthwhile to check the garden paradise of love and peace that is the Congo. Legal Insurrection readers will recall that in May of this year, Ebola had struck the African nation.

There is good news: Between the vaccine and a proactive containment measures, the outbreak has been contained and seems well on the way to being officially over.

The Ebola outbreak in Congo has “largely been contained,” the World Health Organization says, leaving scientists optimistic that a mix of conventional disease-fighting tactics and trial vaccines was able to avert another global panic.

The last confirmed infection was diagnosed nearly a month ago, and Doctors Without Borders is preparing to withdraw aid workers from the region because of the progress.

Health officials said about 50 infections were detected and 29 deaths were attributed to the outbreak, which was discovered in early May.

Thousands of Congolese can thank America’s Big Pharma for being sparred the ravages of this deadly hemorrhagic disease.

Next, Congo is making news because of war atrocities.

Boys in the Congo were forced to rape their mothers while blood-drinking soldiers feasted on the flesh of dying victims, a nightmarish new report claims.

Rebels and government troops in the Kasai region of the African country have committed sickening atrocities including mass rape and cannibalism, UN human rights experts claim.

The only heights that Okoumou achieved were related to self-absorption, blatant racism, and ingratitude.


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The authorities should have left this race baited immigrant on the Statue and not let anyone else up there. How long can you hang out? No rescue, no bathroom breaks, no feeding, no escort down, just stay there, arrest her when she comes down.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Romey. | July 7, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Then see about deportation. She’s a trouble-maker.

    iconotastic in reply to Romey. | July 7, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I was wondering about that too. Why clear the Statue for some fool sitting on the base? Did the authorities think she was going to self-destruct?

    Just ignore her. When dehydration and exposure get bad enough she will come down. And without any press she would be no more interesting than the Redwoods tree-sitters.

She has to go back.

She had allegedly covered her mouth with tape

a practice I hope she continues often for many many years..

    IF true, that’s reasonably impressive, but I have reason to disbelieve the claim.

    First: In the images of her sitting on the base of the statue being “rescued”, she does not appear to have tape over her mouth.

    Second: In the accounts of the officers, they discuss her talking to the officers and threatening to push the officers off the statute, or push the ladder off.

    res ipsa loquitur (in this case, literally).

    JohnSmith100 in reply to dmacleo. | July 7, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I am willing to help her out with superglue.


The legal immigration system needs a bit of work, too.

In other words, we imported a foreign commie. This is what we get.

Get her out of here. This is a Federal crime, she is an alien.

tarheelkate | July 7, 2018 at 3:08 pm

I was in DC a few months after the 2016 election. Ethiopian taxi drivers, several of them, uniformly said that people who criticize the USA don’t know what they’re talking about. They very much appreciated the freedom and opportunity they found here.

Is she a legal citizen of this country? She has been here long enough to have gone through that process, if she hasn’t, revoke her right to be here, and send her back. Throw the book at her for her criminal behavior, sue for the costs of her “rescue” and the lost revenue from having all those tourists not being allowed to go to Liberty Island. Make it as painful and costly as possible, then give her a Michelle T-Shirt to wear on the plane ride back to the Congo.

She proclaims to go high, then immediately goes to the gutter to show us how it’s done.

Would love to know how she earned immigrant status.

If she has such distaste for America, why didn’t she emigrate elsewhere? Why would she want to live here?

inspectorudy | July 7, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Think for one minute about where she came from. The Congo! Out of the top eleven poorest countries in the world, the Republic of the Congo is number one! Yet she comes here to the land of endless opportunities and becomes a bitter agitator. Her idol? Michelle obama! That pretty much tells us all we need to know about her. The word DEPORT comes to mind but we know it won’t happen.

In the US on an immigrant pass and commits a crime – time to deport back to country of origin.


Ironically, she emigrated to escape the oppression of black supremacy, to not a diverse society, but a society that does not indulge in color judgments.

Her one-woman movement caused the temporary shutdown of the statue and Liberty Island.

I think we’re entitled to an official explanation for this gross overreaction to some silly foreigner’s childish publicity stunt.

As everybody from Bill Ayers on down could testify, the US government is far too easily intimidated and manipulated. C’mon, guys, we’re not Euro-weenies, and most of us don’t want to be, either.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to tom_swift. | July 7, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    They should have started peppering her with rubber bullets, continuing to do so until she was down, either on her own or because she fell. Then, they should have scrapped her up and deported her.

    For the balance of their lives, all naturalized citizenship should be contingent on their good behavior, and on their offspring’s good behavior. Failure of either should result in both being deported.

      tom_swift in reply to JohnSmith100. | July 7, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Should have just left her. Maybe rope off the side of the statue she’s clowning around on, so the tourists don’t gather and gawk and can concentrate on serious sight-seeing. She wasn’t going to get any higher than the feet without real climbing equipment, and she wasn’t going to damage the statue—the sheathing is about ninety thousandths thick, and nothing she can even dent without tools. Wait until she gets tired and comes down.

      Milhouse in reply to JohnSmith100. | July 8, 2018 at 4:56 am

      For the balance of their lives, all naturalized citizenship should be contingent on their good behavior, and on their offspring’s good behavior. Failure of either should result in both being deported.

      Shut up, moby. We’re not falling for your act.

      There is no such thing as contingent naturalization. The constitution says citizenship by birth and by naturalization are the same, and neither one can be revoked for any reason. (Assuming, of course, that it existed in the first place. If it turns out someone was never a citizen, e.g. they were born over the border in Canada, then there’s nothing to revoke.)

        tom_swift in reply to Milhouse. | July 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm

        and neither one can be revoked for any reason.

        This is incorrect. Naturalized citizens can be denaturalized for falsification or concealment of records during the naturalization process, for refusal to testify before Congress, for membership in a subversive organization, or for a dishonorable discharge from the military. There may be one of two I’ve forgotten.

        Natural citizens have also lost their U.S. citizenship without renouncing it themselves. Obvious cases were Robert E. Lee (citizenship not restored until 1975) and Jefferson Davis (restored in 1978).

        forksdad in reply to Milhouse. | July 9, 2018 at 1:47 am

        We changed it once we can change it again. The constitution isn’t a suicide pact. She has to go back.

        Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | July 9, 2018 at 1:08 pm

        “There is no such thing as contingent naturalization…”

        Yes, there is. Tom has it exactly right. There are a number of grounds for revoking naturalization. An added point; some of those ground have time period. So the naturalization is essentially probationary until they’ve been citizens until that point.

        For instance, if you dishonorably discharged without serving at least five years, you can be denaturalized and removed.

        And frankly I’m not entirely clear if it matters how long the individual had been a naturalized citizen before joining the military. If you don’t serve five years before getting a DD you can be stripped of your citizenship and deported.

        If you refuse to testify before a Congressional committee empaneled to investigate your alleged subversive activities before you’ve been a citizen for ten years, you can be denaturalized and removed.

Who is paying her? Follow the money.

How was this weirdo inspired by Michelle Obama?

Although I always considered Michelle thoroughly ridiculous, she was at least relatively well-behaved. Specifically, I don’t recall her going all monkey-bars on any of our national monuments. Let’s not blame her for dumb stuff she didn’t actually do.