He’s not the commander in chief for nothin’.
President Obama shut down a heckler during the White House’s LGBT Pride Month celebration Wednesday, telling her to shut up or get out to cheers all around.
“You’re in my house. It’s not respectful when you get invited to somebody’s…” the president informed her before getting cut off.
“Shame on ya. You shouldn’t be doing this,” he continued before asking that she be removed from the room if she wouldn’t quiet down — which she wouldn’t.
Once gone, the crowd cheered.
“As a general rule, I am just fine with a couple of hecklers but not when I am up in the house,” Obama said to a jovial slap on the back by Vice President Biden.
“If you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres and drinking the booze,” he said before trailing off with a smile. “Anyway, where was I?”
Immigration group NotOneMoreDeportation later identified the heckler as transgender woman Jennicet Gutiérrez, who they say is an undocumented Mexican immigrant.
“The White House gets to make the decision whether it keeps us safe,” she said in a statement on their website Wednesday. “There is no pride in how LGBTQ and transgender immigrants are treated in this country. If the President wants to celebrate with us, he should release the LGBTQ immigrants locked up in detention centers immediately.”
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WASHINGTON, DC — Just moments ago, Jennicet Gutiérrez interrupted the President during the White House pride celebration shouting “President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations.” As a transgender woman who is undocumented, Gutiérrez said she could not celebrate while some 75 transgender detainees were still being exposed to assault and abuse in ICE custody at this very moment.
“The White House gets to make the decision whether it keeps us safe, “explains Gutiérrez “There is no pride in how LGBTQ and transgender immigrants are treated in this country. If the President wants to celebrate with us, he should release the LGBTQ immigrants locked up in detention centers immediately.”
Gutiérrez came to the US from Mexico, seeking safety and economic opportunity. Gutiérrez has become one of many voices advocating for LGBTQ immigrants: upon arrival, she found community among other transgender immigrants, many of whom had been detained in ICE custody. Gutiérrez was a founding member of FAMILIA TQLM, established to advocate for LGBTQ immigrants often excluded in the immigration debate. The work of the organizations she represents, Familia QTLM and GetEQUAL, was echoed yesterday when 35 Congresspeople signed a letter sent to ICE demanding the agency release LGBTQ immigrants out of concern for their safety.
Update: Jennicet Gutiérrez, protester at White House LGBT event, releases statement; says President Obama has ‘no concern for the way that LGBTQ detainees are suffering’