The man who interrupted Trump's speech had the best reply after the president said he 'didn't look so good'

Joe Sommerlad@JoeSommerlad
Thursday 01 August 2019 07:45
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Donald Trump was in Jamestown, Virginia, on Tuesday to give a speech in honour of the 400th anniversary of the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest continuous lawmaking body in the New World, founded on 30 July 1619.

The town itself was home to the first permanent English settlement in the Americas when it was colonised in 1607 and the occasion should have been a moment for reflection on the United States and its proud tradition of representative democracy.

But President Trump's latest racist tweets row - this time attacking veteran black Democrat Elijah Cummings and the African-American majority Baltimore district he serves - had unavoidably soured the mood.

Even before the president arrived, members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) had announced their intention to boycott the ceremony as a rejection of Trump's "repeated attacks on black legislators and comments about black communities", saying his remarks make him "ill-suited to honour and commemorate such a monumental period in history".

Inevitably, the new White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham dismissed the protest as the VLBC enacting a "political agenda" and the Trump trip went ahead.

But when he addressed his audience, the president was heckled by a protester, crying out:

You can't send us back, Virginia is our home!

The reference was of course to another of Trump's notorious tweets, this one from two weeks ago when the president told four progressive Democratic congresswomen of colour to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came", a phrase that inspired a crowd at his rally in Greenville, North Carolina, to chant "Send her back!" when he mentioned Somalia-born representative Ilhan Omar.

The activist - who carried a laminated sign reading "Go back to your corrupted home" and "Deport hate" - was later revealed to be Virginia delegate and professional dentist Ibraheem Samirah, who bills himself as "the youngest American Muslim legislator anywhere".

Samirah later explained his actions in a statement.

The president has made his true values loud and clear by telling black and brown American citizens to 'go back where they came from', by constantly referring to places that black and brown people live as 'rat-infested' 'sh*tholes', by inciting violence against Muslims, and by demonizing immigrants and comparing them to vermin.

You can read his explanation in full below.

Asked about the incident afterwards, Trump vented his fury at Fox News, taking his favourite channel to task for broadcasting the interruption.

In the course of this, the president - his hairspray layered fringe defiantly defying gravity - happened to say:

The protester didn't look so good to me.

To which Samirah, seeing Vox journalist Aaron Rupar tweeting the clip, expressed outrage at the slur against his sartorial elan:

He did look dapper, it has to be said, and his point about the Trump's inflammatory rhetoric was well made.

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