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.
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:
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.
I just disrupted the @realDonaldTrump speech in Jamestown because nobody's racism and bigotry should be excused for… https://t.co/r48KMqvf0R