Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who made national headlines by scaling the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July to protest President Trump’s draconian immigration policies said she was inspired by former first lady Michelle Obama in explaining her protest.
“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 44-year-old Congolese immigrant said Thursday outside the Manhattan federal courthouse after her arraignment.
Okoumou, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo, pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and interfering with agency functions.
Wearing a “white supremacy is terrorism” shirt, she thanked the dozens of supporters who showed up to her hearing.
She was arrested after she climbed the statue’s base, a decision she called “spur of the moment.”
The National Park Service was forced to shut the park early and evacuate more than 4,000 visitors after she refused to come down from the monument’s base.
If convicted, Okoumou could face up to six months in prison on each charge.